Lipstick cherry all over! I’m loving the vibrant visual these flowers are giving. They heat up the lens in such a succulent, sumptuous way. This beautiful blast of color comes to us from a super cool, awesomely architectural succulent known as Crassula falcata. This South African succulent is one you should know and one you should grow! It is commonly referred to as the Propellor Plant, Airplane Plant, or Scarlet Paintbrush. The later moniker refers to the amazing display of flowers that erupt from this sculptural succulent in late summer, which tends to be a time when things are fairly quiet in the drought tolerant succulent garden. Crassula falcata’s flowers can set the scenery ablaze for almost a month. It’s a delicious spectacle to behold.
The truly unique feature of Crassula falcata is its propellor-like foliage that looks as though it’s made of stone. The leaves stack themselves in an angular fashion, one on top of the other, to create a stylishly sculptural display of cool graphic form.
Crassula falcata tends to grow slowly in an upright, semi-branchless, clumping form up to 2 feet tall and wide. It does great in both full sun and light shade conditions. It likes a well-draining, cactus soil mix and requires low amounts of water to thrive. In hot locations, it looks best if it gets a bit more water. As for hardiness, if you grow it outside, it’s hardy down to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius.
If you’re into succulents, this is definitely one for the collection. If you’re into graphic design decor, this is definitely a cool candidate for some fashionable foliage for a container indoors in a bright sunny room or as a conversation piece out on the balcony, porch, or patio.