Tiger Jade

Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi


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Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi, commonly known as “Tiger Jade,” is a captivating succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. This subspecies is native to South Africa and is particularly noted for its small size and striking leaf patterns, which make it a favorite among succulent collectors and enthusiasts.

Tiger Jade is characterized by its compact, mat-forming growth habit, producing clusters of small, fleshy, green leaves that are densely packed together. The leaves are ovate to spatulate in shape and feature distinctive red to purple markings along their margins and tips, resembling tiger stripes, hence the name “Tiger Jade.” These colorful markings become more pronounced when the plant is exposed to bright sunlight or stress conditions, such as drought or cold temperatures.

This plant typically grows low to the ground, reaching only a few centimeters in height, but it can spread outwards to form a small carpet of foliage. During the spring or early summer, Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi produces tiny, white to pale pink flowers that emerge in clusters on short stems above the foliage, adding to its ornamental appeal.

Tiger Jade 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 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. Its ease of care and striking appearance make Tiger Jade a popular choice for succulent collections, rock gardens, and indoor plant displays.




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