Carssula (Jade Plants)

Photos and descriptions of the most popular crassula varieties

About Crassula

Succulents in the genus Crassula include shrub (branching) varieties commonly called jade, as well as "stacked crassulas" with leaves pancaked along thin stems.

Growing Conditions

Crassulas will thrive in your garden if you live in a mild, frost-free region with low rainfall and humidity (but not desert heat), typical of coastal California from the Bay Area south.

Many crassulas, like aloes, will stress beautifully to shades of red, yellow and orange.


Shrub varieties are easy to start from cuttings, and stacked jades will send forth whiskery roots from between their tight leaves. To start a cutting, stick it in soil so that it stands upright.



For more information, see the Crassula sections of my books Succulents Simplified and Designing with Succulents.

Jade Plant Photos

Because varieties can look quite different depending on growing conditions and when flowering, you may see several photos with the same ID. If a plant is mostly green, it was likely in bright shade; if red, orange and/or yellow, in full to half-day sun.

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