Scientific nameThe jade plant is an evergreen with thick branches. It has thick, shiny, smooth leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green, although some may appear to be more of a yellow-green. Some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight. New stem growth is the same color and texture as the leaves. Although becoming brown and appearing woody with age, stems never become true lignified tissue, remaining succulent and fleshy throughout the plant's life. Under the right conditions, they may produce small white or pink, star-like shaped flowers in early spring.
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This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
Suitable for sandy soil
It provides food for:
Crassula ovata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld