Crassula Blue Waves

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Crassula Blue Waves

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Crassula Blue Waves resembles a small, dense shrubby jade plant with very attractive greenish-blue glaucus undulating leaves. It is moderately slow growing and with age will become a dense 2’-4’ mound of undulating leaves. As it matures, leaves can be laced out to reveal the stems creating a beautiful bonsai type effect. When the weather cools, the leaves can take on a reddish tint around their edges.

Like other Jade plants, Crassula Blue waves is a tough, easy-to-grow plant. In late-winter to early spring, when few other plants bloom, older plants will flower and are covered by pretty pinkish-white star-shaped blooms (typical of Crassulaceae). The petals on this cultivar are wider than most giving the flowers more presence. Bees and other helpful insects are attracted to the flowers.

Crassula sp. ‘Blue Waves’ is an excellent plant for medium-sized containers. It can also be grown as a specimen in rock, succulent or cactus gardens. As it ages it can be laced out to display the attractive thick stems and trunk. Its lovely wavy leaves make it an asset for most garden designs.The leaves of this plant are damaged by frost so protection is needed if temperatures drop below freezing.

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Names and Synonyms: Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia, Crassula ovata ‘Undulata’, Crassula arborescens ‘Ripples’
Common Names: Blue Waves Jade Plant, Blue Bird Jade Plant
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Nursery – This is a cultivar of Crassula arborescens that is indigenous to South Africa.
Height: 2-4′
Width: 1-3′
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Part shade inland to full sun along the coast.
Water needs: Drought tolerant but can take some irrigation as well.
Maintenance: None
Uses: Crassula sp. ‘Blue Waves’ is an excellent plant for medium-sized containers. It can also be grown as a specimen in rock, succulent or cactus gardens. As it ages it can be laced out to display the attractive thick stems and trunk. Its lovely wavy leaves make it an asset for most garden designs.
Propagation: This plant can be propagated from stem and leaf cuttings.
Problems: Requires well-draining soils to avoid root and stem rot.

Research Links:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/223451/
http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=2747
http://non-secateur.blogspot.com/2011/11/plants-we-like-crassula-ovata-undulata.html
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cacti/msg1122434320286.html

Shipping & Availability

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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