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Crassula capitella
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Many, see text.

  • Rochea DC. 1802
  • Tillaea L. 1753

Crassula is a genus of succulent plants containing about 200 accepted species, including the popular jade plant (Crassula ovata).[1] They are native to many parts of the globe, but cultivated varieties originate almost exclusively from species from the Eastern Cape of South Africa.[2]

Crassulas are usually propagated by stem or leaf cuttings. Most cultivated forms will tolerate some small degree of frost, but extremes of cold or heat will cause them to lose foliage and die.


The name crassula comes from the Latin, meaning thick, referring to the thickening of the succulent leaves.

Selected species[edit]

jade plant (Crassula ovata)

Notable cultivars[edit]

  • Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
  • Crassula 'Coralita'
  • Crassula 'Dorothy'
  • Crassula 'Emerald'
  • Crassula 'Fallwood'
  • Crassula 'Ivory Pagoda'
  • Crassula 'Justus Corderoy'
  • Crassula 'Morgan's Beauty'
  • Crassula 'Moonglow'
  • Crassula 'Tom Thumb'


  1. ^ "The Plant List: Crassula". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2013. 
  2. ^ Crassula (genus) - Crassulaceae
  3. ^ Bussmann, R. W.; et al. (5 May 2006). "Plant use of the Maasai of Sekenani Valley, Maasai Mara, Kenya". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 2 (22): 22. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-2-22. PMC 1475560Freely accessible. PMID 16674830. 

External links[edit]

  • Data related to Crassula at Wikispecies