Crassula falcata, Crassula perfoliata var. falcata, Propeller Plant, Scarlet Paintbrush, Airplane Plant

Crassula falcata, Crassula perfoliata var. falcata

Propeller Plant, Scarlet Paintbrush, Airplane Plant
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowers

The wonderful Crassula falcata truly thrives in well-drained, sunny sites.

The Crassula falcata (Propeller Plant) is a unique species of succulent often used for ornamental decoration. This South African native is a small shrub that grows to about 2-5 ft in height, and has waxy leaves shaped like an aircraft propeller. The oval-shaped leaves are a pale green color when grown in full sun, and pinkish when grown in cooler temperatures. Its flowers, which appear during winter, vary from crimson to vinous red.

A major benefit of Crassula falcata is its low maintenance requirements, making it an easy choice for gardeners of all levels of experience. It requires moderate water, with the soil kept relatively damp in summer and almost dry in winter. Furthermore, this attractive succulent enjoys full sun exposure and quickly fills to form attractive and elegant shapes.

Crassula falcata is frost and drought tolerant, as well as fairly tolerant to salinity. In USDA Zone 9-11, it can be planted directly into the ground, while in cooler climates, it can be planted in containers, or grown indoors. For those growing Crassula falcata in the pot in colder areas, it's recommended to keep the succulent on the dry side during the winter, and maintain it in an area with ample light. To protect the succulent from extreme temperatures, a deep layer of soil featuring peat moss, pine bark, and other organic matters is recommended for optimal protection.

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