This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Crassula arborescens occurs widespread in arid landscape from Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape Province. The plants have a somewhat similar appearance than the well known Crassula ovata, but the leaves are blue-gray and larger than those of the latter.

This shrub has a thick succulent stem with many branches and can grow up to about 1.5 meters tall.

The dense clusters of white flowers occur in spring and summer.

The cultivation of Crassula arborescens is very easy. Good drainage and full sun is preferred for optimal results.

Propagation is usually by cuttings of the branches or leaves, which easily root.

Crassula arborescensCrassula arborescens on a rocky outcropping in the Little Karoo.

Crassula arborescensFlowers.