Crassula barklyi – Rattlesnake Tail

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Scientific Name
Crassula barklyi N.E.Br.
Common Names
Rattlesnake Tail, Bandaged Finger
Crassula teres
Scientific Classification
Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula
Crassula barklyi is a perennial, dwarf succulent shrub with erect or rarely decumbent stems. It branches at the base into several attractive finger-like growths. It is very slow growing but will reach up to 4 inches (10 cm). The stem is covered neatly and smoothly by the overlapping leaves to form a short almost cylindrical column, which has something of the appearance of a tree cone. Younger branches are almost spherical and looks like grey-green rosebuds. The leaves are fleshy, depressed-ovate, concave, up to 0.2 inch (5 mm) long and up to 0.6 inch (15 mm) wide. It flowers in winter. Flowers are tiny, stemless and white in color.
How to Grow and Care
Crassula are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, overwatering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet. Never let your Crassula sit in water. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes. Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf: sprout leaves by placing them into a succulent or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout. Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season.
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