Produces pairs of attractive and interesting sickle shaped grey-green leaves, but a show stopper when the bright red flowers emerge. The flower smells like sweet cinnamon and usually lasts 6-8 weeks. Sometimes they bloom twice a year.
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Scientific Name: Crassula falcata H. Wendl.
Origin: South Africa from the Cape of Good Hope (Eastern Cape Province)
Common names: Propeller Plant, Scarlet Paintbrush, Airplane plant
The dense head of small but very bright red flowers of Crassula falcata is an outstanding sight.
Description: make a lovely clump/low growing shrub, that usually grows up to 60 cm tall ( but some sources say 1.2 m of height)
It produces spectacular clusters of bright orange-red flowers arranged in dense cymes, flowers starts to develop in June and are in full bloom in August, Flower heads grow 8 to 12cm wide. Attractive and interesting when not in bloom but a show stopper when the bright red flowers emerge.
The flower smells like sweet cinnamon and usually lasts 6-8 weeks.
Cultivation: Stunning as a container plant, in decorative pots, in courtyards and rockeries, and especially ideal for mass plantings and borders, where its dramatic foliage and spectacular flower heads are shown to their best effect. Needs well drained soil (standard cactus potting mix), keep moist all year, but reduce watering during winter month and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer during the summer months (June, July, August). It grows well in light shade to full sun, protected from frosts. Remove spent flower heads to maintain vigour and bushy habit.
After growing for several years tend to become untidy, and should be cut very short or restarted from cuttings.
Pests & Disease: Aphids, mealy bugs, powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot, stem and root rot if over watered.
Propagation: Leaf or stem cuttings in spring or summer.