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String of Buttons, Sosatieplakkie
Scientific Name: Crassula perforata Thunb.
Synonym: Crassula anthurus, Crassula nealeana
Family: Crassulaceae
String of Buttons, Sosatieplakkie (Crassula  perforata) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-28
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Needs a protected area in Phoenix

Heat Tolerance: Cannot take direct sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Produce flowers in full sun, look better in the shade

Origin: Southeastern South Africa

Growth Habits: Evergreen succulent up to 18 inches tall (50 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer in Phoenix, fairly drought tolerant elsewhere


The String of Buttons is a good plant for containers. Its leaves are joined by pair at their bases and look like they are threaded by the stem, hence its name.

String of Buttons, Sosatieplakkie (Crassula  perforata)

Crassula perforata 'Variegata'

Cultural Practices:
Crassulas are sensitive to mealybugs.

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