Crassula 'Campfire'

Crassula capitella

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crassula (KRASS-oo-la) (Info)
Species: capitella (kap-ih-TEL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Campfire


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Brea, California

Brentwood, California

Burlingame, California

Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Fresno, California

Glen Avon, California

Hayward, California

Los Angeles, California(3 reports)

Newbury Park, California

Norwalk, California

Oakland, California

Palm Springs, California

Pedley, California

Perris, California

Reseda, California

Richmond, California

Rubidoux, California

San Dimas, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

San Marino, California

Spring Valley, California

Stockton, California

Sunnyslope, California

Sunnyvale, California


Umatilla, Florida

Evans, Georgia

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- This is the only member of the genus Crassula that I have ever been able to get to survive the summer in my garden, including both in-ground and pots. I have tried many Crassulas over 25 years. I am in a flood irrigation area (the yard is flooded every other week March-Nov.) and although my succulent beds are raised above the water, the elevated humidity combined with intense summer heat kills Crassula. For some reason Campfire has hung on for over 20 years, although it is always just a small patch huddled up against some rocks in partial shade.


On Aug 21, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew this an just loved it lost mine when taking it in and out Fall of last year...sad day...looking to get some new starts of this plant it's not sold around here anymore.


On Oct 6, 2009, goldenstate from Fresno, CA wrote:

Very easy to grow. I started this plant from a cutting and now I have several plants throughout the garden. In full shade they remain green, and in full sun they become a brilliant red/orange. They look great in succulent garden, planted with blue toned agaves and red/black/purple (stressed) aloes. They give a similar effect as euphorbia "sticks on fire". They are flowering for me now in October in central, inland California.


On Feb 9, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Easy to grow and with that incendiary color a very showy plant. Attractive in flower too. I was surprised at how hardy this plant is.Cold that can nip a jade plant didn't affect "Campfire" this year.


On Apr 24, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Good small fast growing (bordering on invasive!) plant for the garden- excellent winter color- much greener in summer. Great for pots, too.
Very fleshy, soft brilliant lime green to bright red succulent leaves. Flowers in fall only, in Southern California at least. Plants get quite 'leggy' and unattractive at this time, and flowers do not smell good, so is a good time of year to trim them back substantially.