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Crassula muscosa

Watch Chain, Princess Pine

This succulent has leaves that are compacted tightly around the stem. The stems of the “Watch Chain” plant grow into a small bush. It has tiny yellow-green flowers.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) tall

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings

  • Can be toxic to animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Crassula muscosa “Watch Chain”

Crassula muscosa adds great “thriller” to succulent arrangements as it grows, and then “spiller” when it begins to trail, making it perfect for hanging baskets or rock gardens.

Watering

“Watch Chain” 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.

Note: If grown outdoors in full sun, this succulent may require more frequent watering during the summer.

Where to Plant

Since Crassula muscosa is not cold hardy, it should be brought indoors when the temperature falls below 20° F (-6.7° C).

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 muscosa “Watch Chain”

Crassual muscosa “Watch Chain” is a prolific propagator. It is easily propagated from stem cuttings. If growing outdoors, it can be invasive, so it’s best to plant in an area where it can spread and trail.

Cuttings

To grow “Watch Chain” 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 placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Name Origin

Crassula muscosa gets its name from the Latin word muscosus, meaning “mossy.” It is also synonymous with Crassula lycopodioides.

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Crassula ‘Imperialis’

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