Friday, December 01, 2006

Variegated Jade Plant (Crassula ovata 'Variegata')

Variegated Jade Plant
Crassula ovata 'Variegata'
(KRASS-oo-la) (oh-VAY-tuh)

I saw this a couple of weeks ago in a nursery that has indoor and outdoor plants. I am familiar with the regular Jade Plant but hadn’t seen this nice variegated version before. The foliage is very interesting and pleasing to look at. It seems the Variegated Jade is smaller and slower growing then the species. It is also more temperamental in regards to watering. I have had several Jade Trees and eventually I think I have watered all of them to death. That is the key to Jade cultivation, getting the water right. I will never forget the giant Jades that where growing in San Diego. I just loved them and I could see where the tree part of the name comes from. They really looked good in a big grouping. I think I will get a pet Jade Plant as the beauty of the one I took the picture of inspires me to try again.

Synonyms: (Crassula portulacea, Crassula argentea, Money Tree, Jade Tree)


Janet said...

Chris -- Did you ever get one of these variegated jades? Saw one on someone else's blog and was googling it and your posting popped up. Think once we get to SC I will buy one really think they are striking.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Janet,

I haven't seen one for sale around here since I posted it. I should know better than to wait when I see a plant that I like. There were some beautiful specimens in San Diego last winter.