In Bloom: Crassula falcata

Last year I popped a few more cuttings of this crassula amongst the Senecio mandraliscae, the bluish blur in the background, aptly named Blue Fingers or Blue Chalk Sticks.
Just the one bloom stalk from the crassula this year, but oh, how these two plants sing to each other. Quite the duet from Ol’ Blue Fingers and the Propeller Plant.
The crassula’s winged leaves have inspired the common names of Propeller Plant or Airplane Plant. Really makes me wonder about that moment in time when enough people have referred to a plant as, say, the Propeller Plant, for that to become an official common name. Also known as Sickle Plant (falcata means “sickle-shaped”), it was introduced from South Africa well over a century ago.


The newspaper delivery person has unerring aim for this bed of succulents, most of which can take an occasional hit, but not this crassula when it’s in bloom, or the agaves ever.
Since the newspaper is thrown stealth-mode out the window of a moving car in the early morning hours, there’s not much recourse. So no irreplaceable treasures are planted here. The steely blue bumper of Senecio mandraliscae growing around this bed does a pretty good job of absorbing some of the impact. The senecio’s insignificant flowers are in bloom now too.

San Marcos Growers says the crassula’s correct name is Crassula perfoliata var. minor, a name that’s rarely used. This photo of the entire plant is from SMG’s website.


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6 Responses to In Bloom: Crassula falcata

  1. Oh I could go on and on about the newspaper delivery person who visits my home in the wee hours to destroy anything in the path of the flung paper. But I won’t. I’ll just say WOW what a beautiful bloom. I’ve never seen a Crassula bloom before!

  2. Megan says:

    Is yours blooming now? Mine seems to pop in October. It’s one of my favorites.

  3. Kathy says:

    Mine has never bloomed , however it’s been in a 4″ pot for 2 years-I believe I have a Bonsai! Time to give the guy new quarters.

  4. Denise says:

    Loree, it’s tomato-soup orangy red beautiful.
    Megan, maybe it’s later for you up in the Bay area?
    Kathy, stop being so mean to this guy! Kidding, I abused this plant plenty before until I realized it bloomed like that.

  5. It looks like you might be a week or so ahead of me. I really enjoy this plant. There was a blooming a few years ago that was drop-dead amazing, but this year so far looks like it’s going to be a pretty good one (in the back yard, safe from flying newsprint).

  6. Cheryl says:

    I just aquired some cuttings of this plant after seeing it bloom in my area. I can’t wait for it to be established.

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