Crassulaceae Family:

Crassula ovata (Jade Plant) on 7-12-14, #231-42.

Crassulaceae J.St.-Hil.


The plant family Crassulaceae was named and described by Jean Henri Jaume Saint-Hilaire in Exposition des Familles Naturelles in 1805.

As of 12-16-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 36 genera in this family commonly known as the stonecrop or orpine family. That number could change as updates are made on POWO.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. Some of the websites below may not be up-to-date… It is all a work in progress. 

I have grown several species in the plant family Crassulaceae and am still working on it. You can click on the plant names below their photo to go to their own pages. 


Adromischus cristatus (Key Lime Pie) on 9-5-17, #371-1.

Well, I brought this Adromischus cristatus (Key Lime Pie) home from Lowe’s on April 23 in 2017. It looked great until the first winter then started going downhill. Somehow, it has managed to stay alive…


Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Storm’ on 6-24-17, #349-28.

Hmmm… The Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Storm’ (Pig’s Ears, Etc.) looked really nice when I brought it home from a local greenhouse in 2017. I knew what would happen so I was very reluctant to bring it home, but I eventually gave in… Sure enough, brown scale (or whatever it was) turned this plant into a disaster…


Crassula ovata ‘Ladyfingers’ on 7-30-13, #165-24

I have experience with eight different Crassula Species. Some worked out and some didn’t. The link to the Crassula page has photos and links to the species and cultivars pages I have experience with.


Echeveria purpusiorum (E. purpusorum) on 6-29-14, #230-43.

I have had several Echeveria Species and Cultivars over the years and we have had our ups and downs. Once I moved back to the family farm in Missouri, I didn’t have the correct light over the winter which you must have.


x Graptosedum ‘Bronze’ on 7-12-14, #231-55.

I brought this x Graptosedum ‘Bronze’ home from Lowe’s in 2012 when I lived in Mississippi. I brought it with me when I moved back to Missouri where is did very well until 2014 when I gave up most of my plants. I haven’t brought home another one yet. The label with the pot said xGraptoveria ‘Alpenglow’/xGraptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’.


x Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ on 10-11-19, #639-38.

A good friend and fellow plant collector from Greenville, Mississippi send me cuttings of this x Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ in 2019. It has done very well but grows long stems and needs to be re-grown on occasion. I don’t have a page for it yet…


Hylotelephium sieboldii ‘October Daphne’ (Siebold’s Stonecrop) on 6-29-14, #230-78.

I brought this really nice Hylotelephium sieboldii ‘October Daphne’ (Siebold’s Stonecrop) home from Wal-Mart in June of 2014. It was a great plant and the label and information online said it was cold hardy way below my hardiness zone. I have learned over the years that doesn’t mean a whole lot. This plant did come up again in 2015 but didn’t do well and fizzled out. I haven’t seen one locally since 2014 or I would have brought another one home…


Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri (Donkey Ears) at 12″ tall x 22″ wide on 9-18-21, #831-2.

I have grown and still have seven species of Kalanchoe. They are great plants and fairly easy to grow once you get to know them. Click on the name and you will see all the Kalanchoe in my collection.


Lenophyllum acutifolium on 11-18-12, #129-8.

When I was living in Mississippi, a friend of mine brought me a cutting of this plant in 2009. It took right off and grew like crazy. Neither one of us knew what it was as he took the cutting from a yard when he was walking to my house. I got acquainted with Margrit Bischoffberger from the International Crassulaceae Network in 2013 and she told me it was Lenophyllum acutifolium. There is very little online about this species but I have seen variegated forms on Ebay. It is virtually indestructible so I am surprised it isn’t more popular. Heck, when I was moving plants inde for the winter (when I was in Mississippi), a leaf fell into a pot of decaying leaves by the back door. They took root and when I moved back to Missouri in 2013 that is the pot I brought with me. I had to give up most of my plants in 2014 and this was one of them. I have tried finding another one since with no luck…


Phedimus kamtschaticus (Syn. Sedum kamtschaticum) ‘Variegatum’ on 5-25-19, #576-73.

Species in the Phedimus genus have been moved to and from the Sedum genus several times. You can click on the genus name which will take you the Phedimus page. There you will find links to all five I have experience with (four I still growing).


Sedum adolphi (Golden Sedum) on 10-11-19, #639-85.

I have grown several Sedum species and cultivars over the years. You can click on the name thich will take you to a page with the entire list. Then you can click on those names to go to their own pages.


Sempervivum ‘Oddity’ on 7-14-13, #162-51.

I have always enjoyed growing Sempervivum but we have had our issues… It seems like this is one genus of plants I always bring home even though I know what will ultimately happen… Clicling on the name will take you the page about Sempervivum with links to pages for the species and cultivars I have grown.


That’s all for the members of the plant family Crassulaceae I have for now. I am sure there will be more in the future…


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