Crassula ovata (Mill.) Druce

Jade Plant

Branching shrubs to about 1.5 m tall. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, 2-3 cm long,1-2 cm wide, pointed at the tip, shiny green, occasionally red-edged and sometimes with a sharp point, tapering to the base, old ones deciduous. Flower clusters round-topped. Flowers star-shaped, white, tinged pink; autumn. Stamens with purple anthers.

Syn. C. argentea Thunb., C. portulacea Lam., C. obliqua Sol., C. arborescens hort.

Widely grown as a pot plant or house plant and frequently misnamed C. arborescens (which is a true species but with mostly white leaves and flowers in summer) or C. argentea.

A range of named cultivars is available, including those listed here.

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Source: Stajsic, V.; Spencer, R.; Forster, P.; Thompson, A. (2002). Crassulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Leaf margins rolled under to form a solid cylinder with a depressed obovate to ovate tip, green.

Crassula ovata 'Green Coral'

Leaf margins rolled under to form a solid cylinder with a depressed circular tip, green.

Crassula ovata 'Hobbit'

Leaf margins rolled under, blade oblong to obovate, green.

Crassula ovata 'Hummel'

S sunset' Leaf margins flat, blade ovate, green with yellow and pink variegation.

Crassula ovata 'Miniature Jade'

Leaf margins flat, ovate to obovate, green, becoming reddish in full sun.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Crassulaceae
genus        Crassula L.