Crassula dejecta, the doily crassula, is a densely branched and leaved succulent shrublet that serves well as a ground cover or a container plant in full sun. The plant may grow to nearly 40 cm.
The fleshy and rounded leaves are positioned opposite in neat rows up the stems. They are sessile, having no petioles. The leaves sometimes have a slight red touch towards the edges, especially when growing in full sun. The leaf margins also appear silvery due to a row of tiny hairs growing along them.
The small flowers appear during summer in dense, flat-topped to rounded clusters. The petals are white or slightly pinkish, but the sepals, ovary and anthers are red. Small capsules develop in autumn containing many tiny seeds.
The species distribution in the Western Cape and Namaqualand covers habitats including rocky hillsides and fynbos in more arid conditions.
The Crassula genus is very diverse in plant size, appearance and distribution. While many species are indigenous to southern Africa, others occur in America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (www.plantzafrica.com).
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