Crassula rupestris 'Rosary Vine'
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A South African native, Crassula rupestris 'Rosary Vine' is a petite, heavily branching succulent with stacked, triangular leaves that are a pale green in the center, with a slightly darker green along the margins. Reaching up to 12 inches tall and 3 feet wide, this variety makes a great addition to temperate rock gardens, as a ‘spiller’ in succulent arrangements, or as a stand-alone specimen!
Like all Crassula, 'Rosary Vine' is fairly easy to grow, as long as you meet a few key requirements. Porous soil, bright light, and good air circulation are a must, as is watering only when the soil has had a chance to become completely dry. Overwatering is the most likely cause of failure with ‘Rosary Vine,’ and it can be prone to pests such as mealy bugs – an infrequent but thorough watering routine, such as the ‘soak and dry’ method, should help shield against both. Hardy only to Zone 9, be sure to protect these chubby leaves from exposure to frost.
The reward for this care routine is clusters of deep to pale-pink blooms, which will emerge from the tips of the branches each year.