Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi Tiger Jade care and propagation informationPin

Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi

Tiger Jade

This small branching succulent has small, triangle-shaped green leaves. Each leaf has dark green markings, giving it the nickname “Tiger Jade”. The underbelly of the leaves can turn pink to purple.  ​It is happy growing indoors or outside, although it will show off its beautiful pink hues better when grown outside. Watch for white to pink blossoms in the spring.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to bright indoor light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Rosette grows up to 5″ (12.7 cm) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings, leaves, and seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets

  • Summer dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi "Tiger Jade"

Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi "Tiger Jade" a low-growing, mounding succulent. Its leaves grow out on small branches. As it grows, it spreads out, making it ideal for rock gardens.

It is easy to grow, does well indoors or out, and is easy to propagate. Be aware that it is susceptible to mealybug infestations


Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

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Where to Plant

"Tiger Jade" is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi "Tiger Jade"

Crassula exilis ssp. cooperi "Tiger Jade" can be propagated from stem cuttings, leaves, and seeds.


To grow 'Tiger Jade' from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before planting in well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


Propagating "Tiger Jade" from leaves is easy! Simply choose a firm, healthy leaf. Remove it from the main plant by gently twisting the leaf from the stem. Be sure not to leave any of the leaf on the stem (if you take a bit of the stem with the leaf, that’s fine, too!).

Allow the leaf to callous over for several days, and then lay on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried completely. After roots and a rosette have appeared, and the mother leaf has withered away, plant the new growth.


If propagating from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow your seeds outdoors if you live in a zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.