Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’)

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If you’re seeking a beautiful and visually striking succulent to bring an unique vibe to your plant collection, look no further than Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’). This mesmerizing variegated variety of Crassula Marginalis is sure to attract attention with its stunning colors and unique foliage patterns. In this article, we will discover the enchanting characteristics of Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) and share essential care tips for this great succulent.

The Beauty of Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’)

Hailing from South Africa, Crassula Marginalis, also called Red Pagoda or Calico Kitten, is a succulent that captures attention with its distinctive characteristics. The ‘Rubra Variegata’ variety stands out with its beautiful variegated foliage. The leaves display a delightful combination of cream, pink, and green hues, forming intricate patterns that resemble delicate brushstrokes. When bathed in bright sunlight, its colors flourish and intensify, transforming it into a true showstopper that commands attention within any plant collection.

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Growing and Care Tips

Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) is a relatively low-maintenance succulent, making it suitable for beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts. Here are some essential guidelines to ensure health and vibrancy:

Light Requirements

Place your plant in a location with bright, indirect light. While it appreciates sunlight, please protect it from intense, direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

Temperature and Hardiness

This succulent prefers moderate temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost.

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It is advisable to let the soil partially dry out between watering sessions. Like most succulents, Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) is drought-tolerant and can suffer from overwatering. Ensure proper drainage and avoid waterlogged conditions.

Soil and Potting 

Plant your succulent in a well-draining succulent soil mix. You can blend using regular potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. Selecting a pot equipped with drainage holes is essential to prevent water accumulation and promote proper drainage.

Propagation and Growth

Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take a healthy stem, let it dry and callus for a few days. In weeks, the cutting will develop roots and firmly establish itself. Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) exhibits moderate growth and can grow to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm), forming dense clusters of vibrant foliage.

Maintenance and Pruning

Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) generally requires minimal maintenance. However, occasional pruning can help maintain its compact shape and promote bushier growth. Remove any leggy or damaged stems to keep the plant healthy and visually appealing. Regularly inspect for pests such as mealybugs or aphids, and take appropriate action if needed.

Enhancing Plant Displays

The vibrant colors and unique foliage patterns make it a versatile succulent for plant compositions. It can be an excellent addition to mixed succulent arrangements, container gardens, or rock gardens. Combine it with contrasting succulents or plants with varying textures to create visually stunning displays.


Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) is a beautiful succulent that adds intrigue and beauty to any plant collection. With its stunning colors and distinctive foliage patterns, this succulent captivates novice and experienced plant enthusiasts. By following the care tips above, you can enjoy the vibrant presence of Crassula Marginalis (‘Rubra Variegata’) and witness its unique beauty thrive in your indoor or outdoor space.

Discover an extensive array of captivating Crassula varieties available for exploration here, providing a wide range of unique and visually appealing options.

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