Common Name: string of buttons
Synonyms: Crassula conjuncta
Origin: Crassula perforata originates from quartz fields within the Southern and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. It is distributed from Natal to central KwaZulu-Natal, and common in the Fish Valley of the Eastern Cape. Within its natural habitat, C. perforata often grows through and over other bushes.
Description: String of buttons is a small, low-growing succulent with a compact form, reaching 1-2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide in cultivation. Fleshy and grey brown in juvenile plants, the stems will become woody and prostrate over time. The tightly stacked triangular leaves grow in opposite pairs from a rosette, blue to green in color, and resembling a pagoda. When exposed to full sun, the edges of leaves will develop a red or pink fringe, creating a distinctive outline. Lastly, a cyme inflorescence will bloom in spring, bearing small, star-shaped, white to pale yellow flowers.
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