Bush Plakkie

Crassula cultrata


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Crassula cultrata, commonly known as “Bush Plakkie,” is a distinctive succulent plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the Crassulaceae family, which includes a wide variety of succulents known for their unique forms and adaptability to arid environments. The name “Bush Plakkie” is derived from its natural habitat and appearance, highlighting its bushy growth habit and the broad, flat nature of its leaves.

This species is characterized by its robust, shrubby growth form, reaching up to 1 meter (about 3 feet) in height in some cases, which is quite tall for a Crassula. The leaves of Crassula cultrata are thick, fleshy, and broadly ovate, with a distinctive bluish-green color and often a reddish edge when exposed to bright sunlight. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems, creating a dense, textured appearance.

One of the notable features of Bush Plakkie is its ability to produce striking flower clusters. The flowers are small, star-shaped, and typically white or light pink, blooming in clusters at the ends of the branches. These blooms can add a significant ornamental value to the plant, especially when they appear en masse during its flowering season.

Crassula cultrata thrives in well-draining soil and requires minimal water, making it an ideal plant for xeriscaping or for gardeners seeking low-maintenance, drought-tolerant options. It prefers full sun to partial shade and can tolerate a range of light conditions, though its coloration is most vibrant when the plant is exposed to plenty of sunlight. Like many succulents, it is sensitive to overwatering, so it’s important to let the soil dry out completely between waterings.

Bush Plakkie is suitable for growing in rock gardens, succulent arrangements, or as a standalone specimen in a container. Its ease of care, combined with its striking appearance and potential size, make it a valuable addition to any collection of succulents or drought-tolerant garden. Despite its robust nature, it is frost-sensitive and should be protected from freezing temperatures, making it suitable for cultivation in containers in regions with cold winters.




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