Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Plant Profile: Crassula Capitella Another Color Change Plant

Here's another succulent plant in my collection that changes color. This is Crassula capitella, sometimes called Crassula erosula. This succulent has also been called Red Flames or Campfire Plant. It has bright, lime green leaves with flaming orange red tips. It gets tiny white flowers on upright stalks in early spring. When grown in shade, they are bright apple green most of the year.

These crassula succulent plants can take full sun to light shade, love heat and are easy to root and grow. They will change color depending on the amount of sunlight they get. The leaves on this succulent can either appear as bright apple green or flaming red. They are drought tolerant and only want light watering. Like most crassula species, they can take frost for a few hours, but not a hard freeze.

Crassula capitella spread by runners and will eventually form a mat about 6 – 8 inches tall, like ice plant. Plants form roots at their joints even before they touch the ground. They’re great for hanging baskets!

Are you growing this plant? Let me know how it's doing.

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