Crassula marginalis rubra variegata
The heart-shaped leaves of this succulent come in either a green or variegated variety. It adds great “spiller” to succulent container baskets or wedding bouquets. When happily stressed, the green, cream and pink leaves turn a deeper pink. Watch for white flowers in the late Spring.
Full sun to partial shade
Can be grown indoors if given enough light
Typical water needs for a succulent
Plant grows up to 3″ (8 cm) tall
Plant grows over 12″ (30.5 cm) long
Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation by offsets, cuttings, and leaves
Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
Actively grows in Spring and Fall
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”
Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten” is a great addition to any succulent garden. Its versatility makes it perfect in hanging baskets, rock gardens, wreaths, and wedding bouquets.
“Calico Kitten” 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.
Where to Plant
Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° 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).
Pairs Well With
How to Propagate Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”
“Calico Kitten” is very easy to propagate, and is able to be propagated from offsets, cuttings, and leaves.
“Calico Kitten” will produce small offsets. Simply remove these and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.
To grow “Calico Kitten” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.
“Calico Kitten” propagates from leaves extremely easily. When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
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