Crassula ovata ‘Obliqua’ is a succulent shrub with thick, fleshy, green leaves with pointed tips. It usually grows over 30 cm tall. The leaves are flushed with royal purple at the edges when exposed to direct sunlight. They are attached at a more upright angle to the branch than the leaves of Crassula ovata.
The flowers are star-shaped, pink or white, and appear in showy clusters at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring.
How to Grow and Care for Crassula ovata ‘Obliqua’
Light: C. ovata ‘Obliqua’ prefers full sun to partial shade. However, intense afternoon sun in the hottest period of summer can burn the leaves of the plant. Therefore, a place with morning sun and afternoon shade would be perfect. Indoors, place your plants in a window where they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
Soil: This plant is not particular about soil pH but requires very porous soil with excellent drainage. Use commercial potting soil mixes designated for use with succulents.
Hardiness: Like most Crassulas, this succulent will tolerate some amount of short-term freezing, but extremes of cold or heat will cause it to lose leaves and die. C. ovata ‘Obliqua’ can withstand temperatures as low as -1.1 to 10 °C, USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.
Watering: Avoid overwatering by using the “soak and dry” method, where the soil is soaked with water, slowly drained, and left to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in winter. Potted plants require more frequent watering than those in the ground.
Fertilizing: C. ovata ‘Obliqua’ does not need much feeding but will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when it starts actively growing.
Repotting: Repot as needed, preferably in spring, at the beginning of the period of active growth. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin repotting.
Toxicity of Crassula ovata ‘Obliqua’
Despite its beauty, C. ovata ‘Obliqua’ is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses, as well as mildly toxic to humans.