Small clustering succulent with numerous closely imbricated leaves on top of each other forming a perfect minaret-shaped quadrangular column about 12 mm in diameter, tappering at the obtuse tip. In full sun sun the apical leaves can take a nice purple tinge.
Scientific Name: Crassula pyramidalis Thunb.
Origin: South Africa (Little Karoo, Namaqualand)
Habitat: Found in the succulent Karoo, on coastal plains, dry Fynbos and hill-tops on quartzitic sand stone, either in summer or winter rainfall areas.
Common names: Pagoda Mini Jade
Etymology: From the Latin adjective "pyramidalis", "pyramid-shaped" referring to the square-shaped and tapering body of the plant.
Crassula is a very large genus. In general, only the South African species are of interest to the collectors.
C. pyramidalis has Interesting “leaves” that are pressed tightly against the stem forming a quadrangular column. Makes unusual micro mini indoor Bonsai or houseplant.
Description: Small sparingly clustering succulent or small shrub, up to 10(-25) cm tall, 20-50 mm in diameter with numerous closely imbricated leaves, surmounted by a tuft of white flowers. It is pretty slow growing.
It is a little plant oddity which is so appealing. It forms little and perfect square stemmed columns.
Cultivation: Outdoors in frost free areas, indoors all other zones. Easy to grow needs moderate water – not too wet nor too dry from autumn to spring with regular water in summer (careful watering required in winter), fairly drought tolerant elsewhere. Plants grow well in a well-drained mineral soil.
Propagation: Seeds/ Stem cuttings. Sow seeds in autumn. Plants root easily from cuttings, place cuttings in clean river sand, mist every three to four days, roots should appear with 2-3 weeks.