Crassula Streyi (Pondo Cliff Crassula)

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Crassula Streyi is a fascinating low-growing perennial succulent from the Crassulaceae family, which is well-known for its ability to store water in its leaves, stems, or roots. This plant is distinguished mainly by its strikingly green and red foliage. Native to South Africa, this Crassula Streyi has garnered attention among plant enthusiasts, including me. Today, I am so happy to give my readers more details about this beautiful plant!

Characteristics and Features

Crassula Streyi possesses lush, paddle-shaped leaves that are glossy green on the top surface and a contrasting maroon or red on the undersides. Additionally, These leaves typically grow in opposing pairs along the stem, creating a symmetrical appearance (pic 1). I found many people asking to identify this plant on Reddit. As a matter of fact, it can easily be mistaken as Peperomia verticillata. Just note that the leaves of Peperomia verticillata are thicker and not pointing upward like Crassula Streyi. Also, the Crassula streyi’s leaves look denser, while Peperomia verticillata looks more evenly organized (see the comparison in pic 2).

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Pic 1. The physical appearance
Pic 2. The comparison

The plant remains relatively compact, generally reaching a 30-45 cm height, making it an excellent option for indoor container gardening or as a ground cover in suitable climates.

Crassula Streyi produces clusters of small, white to light pink flowers during its blooming period, usually in winter. These blossoms add another layer of visual interest to the already captivating foliage.

Read more: My Selections Of Succulent Ground Cover Plants.

Growing Conditions

Crassula Streyi, like most succulents, prefers well-drained soil and is relatively drought-tolerant thanks to its water-storing capabilities. The plant thrives in bright, indirect light, but it can also tolerate some degree of shade, which can intensify the red coloration on the leaf undersides.

1. Light: Positioning the plant in bright but indirect light will ensure optimal growth and coloration. Avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight, which can cause leaf scorching.

2. Watering: Watering should be done sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot, common problems with succulent care.

3. Soil: A well-draining soil mix, such as a cactus or succulent mix, is ideal for Crassula Streyi. This soil type will prevent water from stagnating around the roots, leading to rotting the roots. You can buy the soil online, in a local store, or even make it at home.

4. Temperature and Humidity: Crassula Streyi prefers warm temperatures and can tolerate various humidity levels (typically around 40-60%, which is also ideal for your living space). However, it is not frost-tolerant and should be brought indoors in regions that experience freezing temperatures.

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Crassula Streyi can be propagated through leaf cuttings or offsets. A healthy leaf should be removed and called over for a day or two so the cuttings are callous before planting in the soil. Offsets are small shoots that grow at the base of the plant and can be removed and replanted once they have developed roots.

Further reads for the propagation technique I mentioned above: An Overview Of How To Propagate Succulents: Introducing Different Methods.

Closing Up

Crassula Streyi is an interesting succulent with different leaf colors and a small growth size. It’s easy to take care of, making it great for new and seasoned gardeners. Don’t plant Crassula streyi alone! A few recommended reads from me here:

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