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Crassula tetragona

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crassula (KRASS-oo-la) (Info)
Species: tetragona (tet-ra-GON-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Crassula fruticosa
Synonym:Crassula caffra

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36 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive debylutz On May 7, 2014, debylutz from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have this plant in a container on a sunny windowsill, and it is doing very well. I think I will move it outside to get some blooms.

Positive DaphneA On Apr 2, 2014, DaphneA from San Leandro, CA wrote:

They look like little pagodas. My mom's are forever rooting on the lava rocks below and I have been picking them up and giving them away. Mine in the container hasn't done that, just grown upward (it's about a foot high?) but my mom's other plant is rooting inside her container too. Very easy to propagate.. although we've never done it intentionally.

Neutral weatherguesser On Mar 13, 2013, weatherguesser from Salinas, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have 2 of these growing in restricted areas at the bases of a couple of birch trees, so no spreading problem. Mine have survived several nights of frost (28-30F) without any ill effects, but they're near the top of a small slope so the coldest air may have drained away from them down the hill. Very attractive plants.

Positive Cixi On Jan 23, 2010, Cixi from Addis Ababa
Ethiopia wrote:

I've had this plant for over 5 years and never knew what it was until now (DG is a great place to identify plants, thanks to everyone who posts photos!) Yes, it self-replicates readily, but mine is in a pot, where it behaves itself, needs almost zero maintenance, and has grown to about 40 cm. In an awkward (ie dry and stony) area of a friend's garden it was easy to establish and works as a ground cover, providing interesting texture.

Positive Kelli On Oct 12, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very easy to grow and not prone to pests. Mine is in a pot on the porch, so it has not spread.

Positive greenlarry On Jul 7, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

A very easy to grow plant, great for beginners. Soon makes a small rounded bush with little pruning needed. Easily propagated from a leaf laid on potting soil or a cutting planted in a pot or in a warm garden.

Negative palmbob On Mar 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A little too easy in my cactus garden. Cute plant but now it's everywhere and can't get rid of it. Plant gets tall and falls over- new plants. Leaves fall off in the wind- new plants. Dig up and toss in compost pile- new plants. New plants like to grow up right against a nasty, spiny cactus, too where removal is difficult. They then tend to fall all over the other plants. Be careful before adding this little beast into your garden.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Good beginner plant, fast growing, easy to propagate from cuttings.


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

Brentwood, California
Canoga Park, California
Carlsbad, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Folsom, California
Fremont, California
Greenbrae, California
Knights Landing, California
Los Angeles, California
Murrieta, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Reseda, California
Rowland Heights, California
Salinas, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Santee, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Valley Center, California
Vista, California
Picayune, Mississippi
Spring, Texas

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