Calico Kitten Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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The plant commonly known as red-edged crassula or calico kitten has a charming and distinctive appearance. It features fleshy leaves with a heart-like shape, arranged in a rosette pattern. These leaves are notable for their coloration; they possess a soft green center that blends into a vivid pink or reddish hue at the edges, which is more pronounced when exposed to bright light or cooler temperatures. The red edging provides a striking contrast against the green, making it a visually appealing specimen. The plant tends to form dense mats or clusters, with a trailing habit that makes it particularly well-suited for hanging baskets or as a spilling accent in container gardens. The leaves are often described as having a glossy or translucent quality, which can give them a luminous look in the right lighting conditions. Small, star-shaped flowers may occasionally bloom, adding to the plant's decorative appeal. These flowers are typically white or pale pink, offering a delicate texture amongst the robust leaves. The red-edged crassula's succulent nature means it stores water within its leaves, making them plump and giving the plant an overall robust and healthy appearance. This succulence also confers drought tolerance, a characteristic that is visually perceived through the thickness and fullness of the foliage. Overall, the plant exudes a lush, vibrant vibe that can add a splash of color to any indoor or outdoor setting.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Calico Kitten, Red Crassula, Ruby Necklace, Variegated String of Buttons

    • Common names

      Crassula marginalis f. rubra, Crassula marginalis var. rubra, Crassula pellucida var. marginalis 'Rubra', Sedum spurium 'Tricolor'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra is Calico Kitten. This succulent is not considered highly toxic to humans. However, if ingested, it may cause minor symptoms such as digestive discomfort. Most Crassula species are not known for being dangerously poisonous and generally pose little threat beyond potential gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large quantities.

    • To pets

      Calico Kitten, the common name for Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra, is considered to be non-toxic to cats and dogs according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion can still lead to gastrointestinal irritation or vomiting due to the novelty and fibrous nature of the plant material. It is still recommended to keep this plant out of reach of pets, as individual sensitivities can vary.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0-1 feet (0-30 cm)

    • Spread

      0-1 feet (0-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southern Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color with its red-toned leaves, enhancing visual interest in gardens or indoor spaces.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care, making it suitable for busy individuals or those new to gardening.
    • Drought Tolerance: Can survive with little water, ideal for xeriscaping and water-conservation landscapes.
    • Easy Propagation: Easily propagated from leaf cuttings or offsets, allowing for fast multiplication and sharing of the plant.
    • Compact Growth: Its small size makes it perfect for container gardening, terrariums, or small spaces.
    • Suitable for Rock Gardens: Thrives in rocky soil, complementing rock gardens and providing ground cover.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra, commonly known as Calico Kitten, can be used as a colorful addition to fairy gardens with its heart-shaped leaves that provide a whimsical aesthetic.
    • Calico Kitten plants can serve as pet-safe decorations in homes, as they are non-toxic to cats and dogs, adding vibrancy without the worry of poisoning pets.
    • Due to its attractive appearance, the Calico Kitten is often used in crafting handmade jewelry and wearable art, like living necklaces and bracelets.
    • The plant can be used in educational settings as a tool to teach children about succulent propagation and plant care routines.
    • Calico Kitten is suitable for use in mixed succulent wreaths where its trailing habit and colorful leaves add texture and variety.
    • The plant's ability to grow in small crevices makes it ideal for use in living walls or vertical gardens, providing coverage and splashes of color.
    • It can be used as a natural ground cover in warm climates, where it spreads easily and requires minimal maintenance.
    • Their unique texture and color variation make Calico Kitten leaves a popular choice for use in botanical art pieces, such as framed plant arrangements.
    • Calico Kitten can be used as a living mulch in potted arrangements, conserving soil moisture and adding an aesthetic touch to container gardens.
    • When used in photography, Calico Kitten plants provide a vibrant and textured backdrop for macro and close-up plant photography.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Calico Kitten plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Calico Kitten plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Luck and Prosperity: Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra, commonly known as the 'Calico Kitten,' is often related to luck due to its association with the Crassula genus, which includes the popular "Jade Plant" known for symbolizing wealth and prosperity.
    • Resilience and Perseverance: As a succulent, the Calico Kitten can thrive in challenging growing conditions, representing the ability to persevere and the strength to withstand tough environments.
    • Friendship: The interwoven stems and variegated leaves that can appear like a tapestry of color signify the interconnectedness of relationships, making it symbolic of friendship and social bonds.
    • Harmony and Balance: The symmetry and balanced growth habit of the Calico Kitten resonate with harmony and aesthetic balance, making it an emblem of equilibrium in life.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Calico Kitten succulent should be watered thoroughly once the soil has completely dried out. Typically, this might be every 7 to 10 days during active growth periods in spring and summer, depending on environmental conditions. Water directly onto the soil until it runs out of the drainage holes, using approximately 8-16 ounces of water for a small to medium-sized pot. Reduce the frequency to once every two to three weeks during the dormant winter months. Always avoid waterlogging as this can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    The Calico Kitten plant thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. A spot near an east or west-facing window where the plant will receive plenty of light but be shielded from the harsh rays of the midday sun is ideal. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct afternoon sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Calico Kitten succulents prefer a temperature range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They can endure brief periods of colder weather, but temperatures should not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid cold damage. Keep the plant in a stable environment away from drafty windows or vents to maintain the optimal temperature range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Calico Kitten succulent is generally done to maintain its shape, encourage fuller growth, or remove any dead or damaged leaves. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to snip off unwanted growth. The best time for pruning is early spring, just before the plant enters a period of active growth. Pruning can be done as needed, but over-pruning should be avoided.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Calico kitten succulent thrives in well-draining soil with a pH level ranging from 6.0 to 6.5. A good soil mix for this plant consists of a succulent or cactus mix blended with perlite or pumice at a 1:1 ratio to enhance drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Calico kitten should typically be repotted every two years to provide fresh soil and encourage further growth. Over time, the soil loses its nutrients and the plant may outgrow its container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Calico kitten plant prefers relatively low humidity levels, consistent with typical indoor environments, as it is susceptible to rot in high humidity. Aim to maintain humidity around 40% for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Calico kitten in bright, indirect sunlight and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Calico kitten requires partial shade, protection from harsh sunlight.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra, commonly known as Red Carpet or Calico Kitten, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in well-draining soil with adequate moisture and warmth. Once germinated, the seedling emerges, showing its first set of true leaves, and starts to develop a shallow root system. As the plant grows, it develops a thicker stem and more fleshy, colorful leaves that are a distinctive feature of this succulent, reaching a mature rosette form. During its growth phase, it may produce offsets or pups around its base, propagating vegetatively. When mature, usually in the spring or early summer, Calico Kitten may produce small, inconspicuous flowers on a tall bloom stalk, indicating its entrance into the reproductive stage. After flowering, seeds may be produced and dispersed for the next generation, while the parent plant continues to live and may enter a period of dormancy during unfavorable conditions, resuming growth with the return of favorable moisture and temperature.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra, more commonly known as Calico Kitten Crassula, can be effectively propagated through leaf cuttings, which is the most popular method for this succulent. To propagate, a healthy leaf is gently twisted off the plant, ensuring a clean break. The leaf is then allowed to callous over for several days to heal and prevent rotting when placed in soil. After the callous forms, the leaf is placed on top of well-draining soil and kept in a warm, bright place out of direct sunlight. In a few weeks, roots and a new rosette will begin to develop at the base of the leaf. Water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry, to avoid rot. This form of propagation is highly successful and can create a number of new plants from a single parent.