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PlantFiles: Crinkle Leaf Plant
Adromischus cristatus

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adromischus (ad-roh-MIS-kus) (Info)
Species: cristatus (kris-TAY-tus) (Info)

Synonym:Adromischus poellnitzianus

20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jensilaedi On Oct 16, 2012, Jensilaedi from Perth
Australia wrote:

I'm in Perth in South West of Australia it is a sub-Mediterranean climate. It has been called warm-temperate.

This plant grows terrific here! we have a lot of sun in summer so I have to put them in shade. But I usually know when summer is here when I see the plants. They tend to go dry and pale green and like a previous comment arrange their leaves so that that they don't get burnt.
They have small tube like flowers with fringes and a pinkish line run through every petal. they branch off singling off a long thick stalk which ends with a whole bunch of white flowers at the end of the flowering period which usually happens before it gets chilly and cold in Fall.
I sell this plant at fetes and fairs. everyone feels comfortable buying them and they're easy to look after.
Though, for some people the flowers are a bit insignificant and the plant look doesn't change much. But if you're looking for a small trusty evergreen that will last and last in a bit of sun - this is it.

Positive RxAngel On Jul 7, 2010, RxAngel from Stratford, TX (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely little plant....I have heard it referred to as a Key Lime Pie plant. Fairly slow-growing but very attractive. Mine bloomed last year. I'll have to try to find the picture of the bloom.

Positive Neuling On Mar 29, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:

A very easy plant to grow. I've noticed that it has a very nonchalant way of telling you that it's receiving too much sunlight. Usually it's leaves are arranged in more or less a circle. But it will start moving its leaves to one side of this circle, away from harsh light. This usually gives you enough time to notice the plant, move it, and still not lose any leaves.

It propogates easily from leaf cuttings. Quickly putting out roots, but does take a while to produce a small plant.

With its weird shape, fuzzy leaves, and tolerance of beginner error, I would definitely recommend this plant to others. It's a wonder I haven't killed it yet. And an even bigger surprise that I have managed to produce more.

Positive palmbob On Aug 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is probably the easiest of the Adromischus to grow- nearly impossible to kill here in southern California- can handle large amounts of water all year round, or none. Has nice teddy-bear shaped fuzzy leaves with crimped ends (like pie crust). Slowly spreads in garden but not invasive. Many other species do far better in pots here, and more prone to rot if watered too much.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Glen Avon, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Perris, California
Reseda, California
San Dimas, California
San Francisco, California
San Lorenzo, California
Stockton, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Bartow, Florida

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