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Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (Nursery produced Crassula rupestrus hybrid)
Description: It is a pretty hybrid very similar to 'Spring Time' (they almost look alike). Crassula 'Brides Bouguet' has smaller leaves, a little narrower, very smooth top and bottom. Both of these are a Crassula rupestris hybrid. It grows slowly up to 15(-30) cm tall and is good as ground cover or in hanging basket.
Stem: Stiff, but the plant will easily fall down due to the weight.
Leaves: Light greyish-green to dark green appearing a nice bright green overall, opposite, thick, elliptic no larger than a thumb nail. The keel or bottom of the leaf is rough at the tip, which is pointed.
Flowers: Forms dense clusters (up to 4 cm wide) of starry pale pink flowers with red center with a bright pink overall, that that contrast nicely with the foliage.
Blooming season: The primary flowering time is winter to early spring. However, this hybrid flowers, though less profusely, much of the year, or at least throughout much of winter, all spring, and most of the summer. Plants will flower at a small size and should flower each year.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Crassula cultivars group
- Crassula cv. Bride's Bouquet
- Crassula cv. Buddha's Temple: forms compact square shaped column with successive upward curving leaves reminding the roof of a Chinese pagoda.
- Crassula cv. Moonglowe: has compact overlapped leaves in opposing ranks without any space between them that forms a nearly perfectly quadrangular pagoda-like tower.
- Crassula cv. Morgan's Beauty: Compact ornamental miniaturized hybrid between Crassula falcata and Crassula mesembryanthemopsis.
- Crassula cv. Spring time: Lovely clusters of starry, light pink flowers appear in winter and contrast nicely with the small, dense, mounded silver foliage.
Cultivation and Propagation: Of easy cultivation, they are great plant for pots or landscaping, young plants will quadruple in size in one year only. Requires a free draining compost and good light (full sun to light shade) to keep the plants compact and encourage leaf colour and flowering, is best to avoid to expose our plant to direct sun in summer. Morning sun only .Needs regular water in the growing season, but reduce watering during winter month , fairly drought tolerant elsewhere. It will start to show buds at the end of each stem early in the year but does not need watering until Easter time.
After growing for several years tend to become untidy, should be cut very short or restarted from cuttings. (best restarting it every other year).
Seldom has any diseases only the mealy bugs like it, and tend to attack around the primary flowering time (winter to early spring), hardy to -1° C.
Propagation: Can be started by a leaf or take a cutting just below the leaf nodes don't water until you can feel that it is rooted down, by giving the plant a little tug.
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