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Products > Crassula obvallata
Crassula obvallata - Money Plant
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Crassula obvallata (Money Plant) - A low growing succulent with short unbranched stems that are densely covered with low rosettes of basal thick flat round to oblong silver-green leaves that are mostly glabrous on the surface with a fringe of fine cilia along the margins. The small pink flowers appear in spring and summer in nice sized clusters at the top of 8 inch long erect stalks. Plant is part sun in a well drained soil and give occasional to infrequent irrigation. Cold hardy to around 25 F. This long popular plant was noted by the Scottish botanist William Aiton and the British botanist Adrian Hardy Haworth as being in cultivation after being introduced in 1795. It comes from shaded dry rocky slopes from 3,500-4,000 feet in the Amatola Mountains in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and was originally described by Linnaeus in 1767 and treated as a synonym for Crassula nudicaulis by Gordon Rowley in his 2003 Crassula: A Growers Guide and Ernst Van Jaarsveld likewise included it with his listing of Crassula nudicaulis var. nudicaulis in his 2003 treatment of the genus in The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae but not all agree and some in the succulent trades also consider this plant to be synonymous with Crassula cotyledonis. In the 2012 article by Roy Mottram published by International Crassulaceae Network titled "A re-evaluation of Crassula obvallata L." the author makes the case for the validity of the name Crassula obvallata, and since is the name we received this plant as, we will list it as such with the note that it is a name in some dispute. 

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