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Products > Crassula ovata 'Big Alice'
 
Crassula ovata 'Big Alice' - Large Jade Plant
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Crassula argentea, C.portulacea]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Crassula ovata 'Big Alice' (Large Jade Plant) - A many-branching succulent shrub with thick stems that hold 3 inch long glossy-green, obovate leaves that have a thin margin of red near the tips. Grows to 3 to 5 feet tall by nearly as wide with white star-like flowers in clusters within the foliage in late winter into spring. Plant in part sun, drought tolerant. Not hardy for prolonged periods below 30 F but can survive short durations of temperatures to around 26F. Good container plant for areas with cold winters as plant can be brought inside and not irrigated during winter months. The species has long been grown worldwide as a houseplant but in nature inhabits rocky outcrops in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The genus Crassula was a name Linnaean name first used in 1753 and comes from the Latin word 'crassus' meaning "thick" that refers to the thick plump leaves of many of the genus. The specific epithet comes the ovate leaves. The common names include jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree. This unnamed cultivar was one of many Crassula ovata seedlings that we received from Alice Waidhofer in 2004 and it impressed us with its large luxurious leaves which is a good foil for the small star shaped white flowers. We also grow several other Crassula ovata cultivars, including 'Crosby's Dwarf', 'Gollum', 'Hummel's Sunset', and 'Pink Beauty' This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Crassula ovata 'Big Alice'.
 
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