Different Types of Crassula: A Guide to Different Varieties of Crassula Plants


If you are a succulent enthusiast, you have probably come across various types of Crassula plants. One of the most popular and common Crassula species is Crassula tetragona. This plant, also known as the “Mini Pine Tree”, is a small and compact succulent with four-sided stems shaped like a miniature Christmas tree. It is native to the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and is known for its resilience and ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. It tends to grow upright and can reach a height of up to 12 inches.

Another well-known Crassula variety is Crassula perforata, also called the “String of Buttons” or “Necklace Vine”. This unique succulent has oblong leaves that are stacked on top of each other in a cylindrical shape, giving it a stacked or perforated appearance. The leaves are green with a slightly greyish tint and have small translucent “windows” or pores near their tips. This plant is native to South Africa and is a popular choice for hanging baskets or containers.

For those looking for a more exotic Crassula variety, Crassula arborescens is a great choice. Also known as the “Silver Jade”, this plant is recognized for its branching tree-like structure and silver-grey leaves. Each leaf is flattened and has a unique shape, with an oval base and a slight curve towards the tip. The Crassula arborescens is native to the Transvaal region in South Africa and can grow up to 3 feet in height.

One of the most visually striking Crassula varieties is the Crassula perforata ‘Sunglow’. As the name suggests, this plant has stunning golden yellow leaves that form tight rosettes. The leaves are triangular and have red tips, creating a beautiful contrast. The Crassula perforata ‘Sunglow’ is a hybrid variety and is a favorite among succulent collectors and enthusiasts.

Another hybrid variety worth mentioning is the Crassula ‘Et’s Fingers’. This plant is a cross between two Crassula species: Crassula perfoliata and Crassula cotyledonis. The resulting hybrid has elongated, upturned leaves that resemble fingers. The leaves are grey-green with cream-colored margins. It is a relatively small plant, growing up to 6 inches in height. This Crassula hybrid is easy to care for and blooms with beautiful white flowers.

The majority of Crassula plants are known for their jade green leaves, but there are some varieties that exhibit different colors. One example is the Crassula coccinea, also known as the “Red Crassula”. This plant has vibrant red leaves that turn shades of orange and pink in bright light. It is a compact plant with small rosettes and can be found in various sizes.

Crassula marneriana, also known as the “String of Buttons” or “Baby Necklace”, is a unique Crassula species with round, grey-green leaves. It is a trailing succulent that looks great in hanging baskets or cascading over the edge of a pot. The leaves of the Crassula marneriana have a distinctive cream-colored margin that adds to its appeal. It is a low maintenance plant that blooms with delicate white flowers.

These are just a few examples of the many Crassula varieties available. Each Crassula type has its own unique characteristics and care requirements, but overall, Crassula plants are relatively easy to care for and make great additions to any succulent collection or garden. Whether you prefer the compact and symmetrical shapes of the Crassula tetragona and Crassula perforata, the branching tree-like structure of the Crassula arborescens, or the vibrant colors of the Crassula coccinea and Crassula marneriana, there is a Crassula plant to suit everyone’s taste and experience level.

So why not add a touch of color and diversity to your succulent collection with some Crassula types? They are sure to bring a fresh and unique appearance to your indoor or outdoor space. Whether you choose the striking beauty of the Crassula perforata ‘Sunglow’ or the surprise of the Crassula ‘Et’s Fingers’, these succulents will not disappoint.

40+ Crassula Lower Classifications With Pictures

The Crassula genus, part of the Crassulaceae family, encompasses a wide variety of succulent plants that come in different shapes and sizes. These plants, also known as Jade plants or money plants, are popular among succulent enthusiasts due to their unique leaf forms and easy cultivation.

The Crassula genus has numerous lower classifications that include a diverse range of species. Here are some of the most common Crassula plant classifications with their pictures:

1. Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)

The Jade Plant, also known as Crassula ovata, is a popular succulent with thick, ovate-shaped leaves. The leaves are usually green but can turn red or yellow at the tips when exposed to sunlight. This plant bears small white or pink flowers and is commonly seen as a symbol of good luck.

Jade Plant

2. Crassula deceptor (Floating Buttons)

A unique Crassula variety, the Crassula deceptor, has small, rounded leaves that resemble buttons. This succulent is easy to care for and forms dense clusters of plants when grown in suitable conditions.

Floating Buttons

3. Crassula morgan’s beauty (Morgan’s Dollar Plant)

The Crassula morgan’s beauty, also known as Morgan’s Dollar Plant, is a small succulent with rounded, silver-dollar-shaped leaves. It has hairy stems and produces clusters of small pink flowers. This plant is a popular choice for indoor decorations and is easy to propagate.

Morgan's Dollar Plant

4. Crassula minima (Miniature Jade)

The Crassula minima, commonly known as Miniature Jade, is a small succulent with delicate, fleshy leaves. The plantlets can grow in multiple layers, forming a compact and attractive display. This variety is often used in miniature gardens or as ground cover in outdoor landscapes.

Miniature Jade

5. Crassula helmsii (Swamp Stonecrop)

The Crassula helmsii, also called Swamp Stonecrop, is a perennial succulent with cream-colored flowers. It is commonly found in wet habitats and is an excellent addition to water gardens. The foliage of this plant is small and narrow, providing an elegant appearance.

Swamp Stonecrop

6. Crassula cephalophora (Rosary Vine)

The Crassula cephalophora, known as Rosary Vine, is a unique succulent with fleshy, egg-shaped leaves. The leaves have a creamy white hue and are clustered along prostrate stems. This plant is often grown in hanging baskets or as a trailing plant.

Rosary Vine

The Crassula genus offers a wide array of succulent plants with various leaf forms and growth habits. These plants thrive in well-draining soil and prefer bright light conditions. With the right care, Crassulas can add beauty and variety to any succulent collection.

Crassula Lower Classifications

Crassula is a genus of plants that belongs to the family Crassulaceae. Within the Crassula genus, there are various lower classifications that describe different species of plants. Some of the popular lower classifications include:

Crassula Pearsonii

Crassula pearsonii is a shrubby plant that is native to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a highly flower-producing plant with elegant leaves. The flowers of this plant are widely seen and are known for their beautiful, colorful appearance.

Crassula Rupestris

Crassula rupestris, also known as the “Temple Crassula,” is native to Namibia. It is a good grower and has oval-shaped leaves that turn red during the winter period. The plant is attractive with its rosettes and is often seen growing in temples.

Crassula Perforata

Crassula perforata, formerly known as “Crassula Articulata,” is a spreading plant that is native to South Africa. It bears solitary flowers and has quadrangular-shaped leaves. The plant is easy to care for and is often seen in rock gardens or hanging baskets.

In addition to these lower classifications, there are many more species of Crassula plants, such as Crassula Tetragona, Crassula Arborescens, Crassula Picturata, Crassula Morgan’s beauty, and Crassula Tomentosa. These plants have their own unique characteristics and growth patterns, and they are widely grown and appreciated by plant enthusiasts.


1. Crassula Pear


The “Crassula” is a genus of succulent plants that belongs to the family Crassulaceae. It includes over 200 species, with the most popular ones being Crassula ovata (also known as Jade Plant or Money Plant) and Crassula arborescens (Silver Dollar Plant).

Crassula plants are known for their thick, fleshy leaves and strong, branched stems. They can grow as shrubby or trailing plants and have a wide range of leaf shapes, from round to egg-shaped or oblanceolate. Some species have reddish leaves.

One of the most recognized Crassula species is Crassula ovata, which is also called the “Jade Plant”. It has thick, succulent leaves that are a silvery-green color. Another popular species is Crassula sarmentosa, also known as “Trailing Jade” or “Chinese Jade”. It has long stems that grow in rows and produce small, round leaves. This variety is sometimes called “Baby Jade” and is a favorite among beginners due to its easy care requirements.

Crassula arborescens, or “Silver Dollar Plant”, is a shrubby succulent with silver-gray leaves. Its leaves are thick and often have a woolly or silver velvety appearance. Crassula rupestris is another species that is recognized for its unique appearance. It has thin, triangular leaves that are arranged in a rosette shape. The leaves are green with red margins, giving it a distinct look.

Crassula plants are native to various regions, including South Africa and Madagascar. They are adapted to dry environments and have developed thick leaves and stems to store water. These plants prefer bright and indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. Overwatering can be detrimental to Crassula plants, so it’s important to water them sparingly and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Crassula plants are popular for their ability to adapt to different growing conditions and their ornamental value. They are often used in succulent gardens, rock gardens, and as houseplants. Their unique shapes and colors add an elegant touch to any space.

The Crassula genus includes a wide variety of species, each with its own unique characteristics. Some of the other popular species include Crassula marneriana (Chinese Pagoda), Crassula lactea (Ralph’s Spoons), Crassula obliqua (Trailing Crassula), and Crassula perfoliata (Propeller Plant).

Overall, Crassula plants are beloved by succulent enthusiasts for their beauty, resilience, and easy care requirements. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced plant lover, there is a Crassula species that will surely catch your eye.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.