Crassula perforata (String of Buttons) is a fairly fast growing, shrubby and sprawling succulent with stems and leaves that seem stacked atop each other. Erect first, the fleshy stems become pendent over time, making this plant useful for containers, or hanging baskets. The short, triangular, gray-green leaves form opposite pairs that grow in a spiral around the stem. They are often adorned with rosy pink edges and are quite showy. Clusters of small, starry, pale yellow flowers appear in spring but most gardeners trim them off as the dead, dried stems become unattractive once flowering is over. This plant is a suckering plant which will form small colonies.
- Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
- Thrives in well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Best leaf coloration is obtained in sun although some shade protection from midday heat in hot climate areas would be welcomed. Irrigate only occasionally to regularly. This succulent is drought tolerant.
- Perfect for rock gardens, containers, hanging baskets or as groundcover.
- Deer resistant
- Propagate by division, offsets or leaf cuttings.
- Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids
- Native to South Africa