The Key Lime Pie Succulent ‘Adromischus Cristatus’

Adromischus Cristatus Image

What is green, plant-like, and has large hefty leaves that look like an awkward hand waving ‘hello’? That’s right. It’s the Key Lime Pie succulent.

This chunky leafed succulent is botanically known as Adromischus Cristatus. It also goes by the name ‘Crinkle Leaf Plant’. It is a slow-growing succulent from the Crassulaceae family that originally inhabited the shaded rocky outcrops of Lower Baviaanskloof and Langkloof west of Humansdorp, in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

A Mental Portrait Of The Key Lime Pie Plant

Typically, this succulent can grow between 4-6 inches (10.16-15.24 cm) tall and 1-2 feet (30.48-60.96 cm) wide.

Adromischus Cristatus is a fascinating succulent with its leaves. These chubby, triangular leaves have a green hue, but their color can change based on sunlight. The leaves feel delicate or powdery when touched, partly adding to their charm. This succulent can withstand periods without water due to its water-storing abilities in its leaves. That’s useful.

Plant Physical Part of Adromischus Cristatus Image

During the spring and beginning of summer, these chubby plants bloom with tube-shaped white flowers with hints of red. Each flower is pretty small, often measured 0.5 inches to 1 inch in length. The flowering period of this succulent usually lasts for a few weeks before go away.

The roots of Adromischus Cristatus are like most succulents. They’re chubby and not very deep, designed to store water efficiently. This helps the plant survive in places where it doesn’t rain much. These roots are important to succulent health because they provide succulent nutrients and water.

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Cultivating The Exotic Key Lime Pie Succulent

Light: The Key Lime Pie succulent is technically a no-mess-no-fuss plant. They adore bright light and good airflow. This succulent has a beautiful time outdoors or in sunny rooms where it can get about 6 hours of sunlight a day and would appreciate some afternoon shade when the sun gets intense.

Temperature: While this plant may tolerate some cold temperatures compared to other succulents, it is not a cold-hardy plant. It does well in warm, dry conditions and would prefer to be indoors when the weather gets colder than 20°F (-6.7°C).

Soil: These super-fast, growing species thrive in well-draining soil, preferring a gritty succulent and cactus mix in pot containers with suitable drainage holes.

Watering: During the winter months, this succulent is comfortable going without a drink. In growing seasons, it need water more often. The succulent roots are prone to root rot, and they would be thankful if they do not sit in water for long periods. These plants do well with the ‘soak and dry’ method of watering, especially if the soil is left to dry out completely between watering sessions.

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Propagating Adromischus Cristatus

You can grow this succulent from seeds, but it’s a bit trickier and not as sure. Plant the seeds in warm conditions or under a grow light with a seed warmer. Use soil that drains well, and it might take a few weeks for the seeds to sprout, depending on how you’re growing them.

The simplest way to make more Key Lime Pie succulents is by using leaf cuttings. Just gently remove a healthy leaf from the bottom of the plant. Be careful not to tear the leaf, and make sure it stays whole. After all, you should provide enough care guides, as I mentioned above.


While the Key Lime Pie succulent is an excellent addition to your home, you should be aware that it is highly toxic when ingested by cats, dogs, and inquisitive children. This plant should be placed in a location that is not easily accessible to curious toddlers or pets.

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