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Products > Crassula multicava 'Mali's Thai-Dye'
Crassula multicava 'Mali's Thai-Dye' - Mali's Fairy Crassula
Working on getting this plant out in the field but it is not yet available listing for information only! 
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pink & White
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Crassula quadrifida, Septimia multicava]
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Crassula multicava 'Mali's Thai-Dye' (Mali's Fairy Crassula) - A variegated form of the popular evergreen low-growing Fairy Crassula. Like the species, this plant rarely exceeds one foot tall in the landscape and can remain even lower when grown in dry shade, forming wide dense mats of solid cover with 1 1/2 inch long rounded leaves in opposite pairs that are a olive green color variegated with irregular broad mostly marginal bands of cream and occasional pure albino cream colored leaves. In late winter into spring appear the petite flowers which are pink in bud and then open to charming little white stars that are very showy as a spray above the foliage on reddish stems. After flowering small plantlets form in the flower axils and on this plant the plantlets are also variegated or all white. This is a shade-loving plant that can also grow in full coastal sun. In shade it is tolerant of extended dry periods and, in fact needs no supplemental irrigation to survive in these conditions in Santa Barbara, but will grow more vigorously with an occasional watering. Crassula multicava is often listed for frost free gardens but the species has long been grown in our area and thrived in our nursery garden with little damage on the cold nights of December 1990 with short duration temperatures below 20 F and the 3 nights dropping to 25 F in the January 2007 freeze, and we expect this variegated form to have a similar tolerance. For more information on the species see our listing for Crassula multicava, which we continue to grow. We also grow a form with the backsides of the leaves colored red that is called Crassula multicava 'Ngabara'. This exciting new variegated plant was given us in January 2022 to introduce into the nursery trade by bay area horticulturist and landscape designer Mathew McGrath of Farallon Gardens. Matthew and his wife Mali discovered this plant in a bay area garden and Matthew named it for her with a nod to Mali's Thai heritage and as a play off the word tie-dye, since the variegated leaves are decorated in such a manner. We are building stock on this attractive and interesting plant with hopes of releasing it in spring 2023. 

This information about Crassula multicava 'Mali's Thai-Dye' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.