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PlantFiles: Ruschia
Ruschia crassa

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Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ruschia (ROOS-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: crassa (KRASS-uh) (Info)

Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Blue-Green
Succulent

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral palmbob On Mar 3, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an attractive Mesemb ground cover that grows fairly vigorosly, as least in Southern California. I put it in my cactus/succulent garden and now have to keep hacking it back as it grows quickly over all surround vegetaion. It is extremely drought tolerant, yet seems to have no problems getting drenched in our winter rains. I have not seen mine flower. Just a large, swirling, almost tumble-weed blue-grey plant/groundcover. Good maybe for pots or large spaces.

Regional...

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

Thousand Oaks, California



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