Butterfly bush

Crassula rubricaulis


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Crassula rubricaulis, commonly known as the “Butterfly Bush,” is a distinctive succulent plant native to South Africa. It is part of the diverse Crassulaceae family and is appreciated for its unique appearance and ease of care. This species is not to be confused with the more commonly known “Butterfly Bush” of the genus Buddleja, which is a flowering shrub attracting butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers.

Crassula rubricaulis features fleshy, reddish-green leaves that are often covered with a fine, whitish powder that helps reflect sunlight and conserve water. The leaves are arranged in a dense, rosette-like pattern, giving the plant a compact and bushy appearance. Under bright sunlight, the leaves can take on a more pronounced red hue, adding to the plant’s ornamental appeal.

This succulent is relatively low-growing but can reach up to 30 cm (about 12 inches) in height when mature. It produces small, star-shaped, white or pinkish flowers on short stalks during the spring and early summer. These delicate flowers contrast beautifully with the reddish foliage, making Crassula rubricaulis a striking addition to any succulent garden or indoor plant collection.

Crassula rubricaulis thrives in well-draining soil and requires minimal watering, making it an ideal plant for xeriscaping or for gardeners seeking drought-tolerant options. It prefers full sun to partial shade and can tolerate a range of light conditions, though its leaf 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. This plant is also frost-sensitive and should be protected from freezing temperatures, making it suitable for growing in containers that can be moved indoors during colder months.




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