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

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 members of the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae) and 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.


Crassula was first formally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 with 10 species.[3]


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

List of selected species[edit]

List of selected 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 'Petite Bicolor,' sometimes sold as Sedum 'Little Missy,' a cultivar of Crassula pellucida var. marginalis [6]
  • Crassula 'Tom Thumb'



  1. ^ "The Plant List: Crassula". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2013.
  2. ^ Crassula (genus) - Crassulaceae
  3. ^ Linnaeus 1753.
  4. ^ "Crassula (Crassula alpestris) in the Crassulas Database". Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  5. ^ 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 1475560. PMID 16674830.
  6. ^ "World of Succulents","Succulentopedia", Crassula 'Petite Bicolor', 2017. Online at


External links[edit]

  • Data related to Crassula at Wikispecies