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Crassulaceae: Stonecrop Family —Sedum & Crassula

Broad-leaved / Pacific Stonecrop – Sedum spathulifolium

Blooms:

Apr–Aug

Plant Height:

5–22 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Rocks in damp, shady places

Notes:

A low-growing succulent, more easily recognized by its rosettes of small (1–2 cm long) spoon shaped leaves in prominent rosettes than by its flowers.  These are an undistinguished greenish-yellow to orange and star-shaped, about 15 mm across. Given where it is generally found, this species fully justifies the English name for its family.

[Sand] Pygmy-weed  – Crassula connata

Blooms:

Feb–May

Plant Height:

2–6 cm

Flower Size:

Very small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Dry open areas, gravelly places

Notes:

This is similar growth habit to the non-native Moss Pygmy-weed (Crassula tillaea) but its flowers have 4 sepals rather than 3. It  also has a rather less spiky overall appearance. Its color ranges from green when young to reddish in maturity.

Moss Pygmy-weed  – Crassula tillaea

Blooms:

Feb–May

Plant Height:

2–6 cm

Flower Size:

Very small

Origin:

Mediterranean

Habitat:

Open gravelly places

Notes:

This is similar in size and growth habit to the native Pygmy-weed (Crassula connata) but its flowers have 3 sepals rather than 4. It  also has a rather more spiky overall appearance. Its color ranges from green when young to reddish in maturity.

Fairy Crassula – Crassula multicava subsp. multicava

Blooms:

Mar–May

Plant Height:

20–40 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

South Africa

Habitat:

Garden escape

Notes:

A much-branched perennial with a panicle-like terminal inflorescence of small, pinkish-white, cruciform flowers. The fleshy leaves are elliptical in shape.  It belongs to the same genus as the Pygmy-weeds (and the commonly cultivated Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)) but is utterly different in appearance.