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Crassula columnaris

Scientific Name:

Crassula columnaris

Common name:

Khaki Button, Scent Bottle, Upright Crassula, locally known as Koesnaatjie






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South Africa, Namibia

Hardiness Zone:

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The Crassula columnaris is a unique and fascinating succulent. It is native to South Africa, where it can be found growing in the rocky hills of the Eastern Cape Province. This species has been around for centuries, with records of its use as an ornamental plant dating back to the early 1800s. This succulent grows in a distinctive columnar shape, with branches that are tightly packed together. Its stems can reach up to 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide, making it a great choice for those looking for an eye-catching addition to their garden or windowsill. The leaves are thick and fleshy, ranging from bright green to blue-green in color. They have a waxy texture and pointed tips that make them look like miniature pine trees! In late spring or early summer, the Crassula columnaris produces small white flowers that add even more beauty to this already stunning plant. The flowers are star-shaped and have five petals each. They usually bloom for about two weeks before fading away. When it comes to care requirements, this succulent isn't too demanding. It prefers well-draining soil and full sun exposure but will tolerate some shade as well. Watering should be done sparingly - only when the soil is completely dry - as overwatering can lead to root rot or other issues. Additionally, fertilizing should be done sparingly since too much fertilizer can burn the roots of this delicate plant! Overall, the Crassula columnaris is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an easy-to-care-for succulent with beautiful foliage and flowers that will last all season long!
The Crassula columnaris succulent is a great choice for bright, indirect light. It prefers to be in medium light, away from direct sunlight, which can cause sunburn. This plant will thrive in a spot that receives several hours of bright, indirect light each day. Low light conditions are not ideal for this succulent as it may become leggy and weak.
The Crassula columnaris succulent prefers a well-draining soil that is slightly acidic with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. The soil should be light and airy, containing equal parts of sand, peat moss, and perlite or coarse grit for optimal drainage. It's important to keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy, as this succulent does not tolerate wet feet.
The Crassula columnaris succulent is a great choice for those looking for an easy-care plant. It prefers to be watered lightly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Water every two weeks in the summer and once a month in the winter, making sure not to overwater as this can cause root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Crassula columnaris succulent are low to moderate. It prefers a dry environment, so it's best to keep the humidity levels between 40-50%. This will help keep the plant healthy and looking its best.