Named after the J.R.R. Tolkein character of the same name, Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ features exceptionally unique, tubular leaves. A small, shrubby succulent with an overall bright green coloration, the tips of the leaves will flush red when subjected to stress, such as very bright light or cooler temperatures. Adding to its interesting appeal is the fact that each leaf ends in a suction cup-like form, not seen in many other succulent varieties! As it matures, ‘Gollum’ can reach up to 3 feet tall and wide, and will form a thick trunk with uniquely structured branches with tufts of green leaves at the tips. Great as a statement plant or part of a rock garden in temperate climates, ‘Gollum’ is sure to make a great addition to any succulent collection.
Capable of thriving in light conditions ranging from bright sun (avoiding the harsh afternoon rays) to partial shade, it is worth noting that the higher the light levels, the richer the red tips of ‘Gollum’ will be! It is critical, regardless of light level, to ensure that this variety is potted in porous soil with exceptional drainage, as it is very sensitive to overwatering. As such, be sure to water until the excess runs from the drainage hole only once the soil has had a chance to completely dry out from the last watering. Like many Crassula, ‘Gollum’ can be prone to mealy bugs, so be sure to place your succulent in a location with ample airflow, and don’t allow moisture to accumulate between the leaves.
In late fall to early winter, small, star-like flowers will emerge, boasting white or pink tones. Further, this variety can be mildly irritating to the skin, and cause nausea if ingested, so keep away from curious pets and small children.
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Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!