Previous species
Previous Species

Next Species
Next Species

Home Page

Order CD-ROMs from the site

Tell a Friend

Gardening Books

Gardening Catalogs


Crassula alba
Scientific Name: Crassula alba Forssk.
Synonym: Crassula rubicunda, Crassula mannii, Crassula schweinfurthii)
Family: Crassulaceae
Crassula  alba Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-24
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to the low 20's (-6C)

Heat Tolerance: Cannot take direct sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun, generally needs full sun part of the day to bloom

Origin: Mountains of tropical Africa, Drakensberg (South Africa), Swaziland, up to 8000 feet (2400 m)

Growth Habits: Succulent rosette, tap root, up to 20 inches tall, spread to 3 feet in diameter (90 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep dry in winter, in its natural habitat most of the water is coming as summer storms


Crassula is a very large genus. In general, only the South African species are of interest to the collectors

Cultural Practices:
Crassulas are sensitive to mealybugs.

Blooming Habits:
Red to white flowers in flat inflorescence, in summer

Fruiting Habits:

Check for Field Collection numbers at Ralph Martin's Site

Sponsors: Michigan Bulb - 120 x 60 Lawns Banner! Gurney's 120 x 60 A

We do get a small commission out of these sponsors that helps financing the website.  Let us know if you are satisfied or dissatisfied of their services, since obviously we are trying to advertise only for reputable garden supply companies.  They might be helpful to get plants not generally available at the local garden center, getting a new and unusual gardening tool or get a discount Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription.


Desert Tropicals Home Page | List of All the Plants | More in the Crassulaceae family | Tell your friends about this page

Desert-Tropicals is dedicated to provide gardening advice, gardening ideas, and information about flower of all kind for landscape and collections. We try to check carefully the identification of the plants on the illustrations as well as the other information from the page, but occasionally errors do occur. if you notice anything that needs to be changed please contact us. Thanks.

1998-2005 Philippe Faucon, All Rights Reserved.