FOTD – July 9 – Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

I have 5 of these beautiful plants in my garden which never fail to give a mass display of thousands of these small flowers in clumps of up to 50 in each bunch. The largest would be about 2 m high by 2 m wide (6ft x 6 ft).

Generally the flower twice each year. 🙂

(Click on a pic to open in a new window and click again to see enlarged detail!) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - Crassula ovataThese little 5 pointer tiny stars make a tasty looking candy-stripe bunch on this large succulent bush with their green jade coloured leaves. 🙂

This bee certainly found them tasty.lovewillbringustogether - Crassula ovata and BeeNow you see him…

.lovewillbringustogether - Crassula ovata2Now you don’t! 🙂

The crassula ovata flowers are most commonly of the 5 petal/5 stamen variety, however the Bee was sampling the pollen of a 6 pointer – an abnormal mutation. if you take another look at the first photo you might make out some 4 pointer flowers also! 🙂

Why should it be that we see mutations like this in the flower world as being equally, if not more, beautiful than the more ‘normal’ flower, when having an extra (or missing) arm or leg in the human world is seen as a something of a monstrosity?

link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – July 9, 2019 – Wild Daisies

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4 comments

    • Hi Anita, 🙂

      It may not be a lack of a green thumb!! There are several plants called ‘jade’ plants and there also seem to be several sub-species of Crassula ovata, not all of which seem to have flowers – or may take a long time before they begin to bloom fully.

      I have some other plants called a Dwarf Jade plant but are from a different family altogether: Portulacaria afra.
      One is outside my bedroom window – i have seen it every day for over 20 years. I saw a flower on it for the first time just this year.

      I posted it here: https://lovewillbringustogether.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/fotd-february-11-elephant-bush-portulacaria-afra/

      🙂

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        • I totally agree! 🙂

          I was looking up jade plants yesterday… most of them need to be quite mature (old!) before they will produce flowers. Mine are quite large and would be more than 20 years old.

          Seems it helps them to flower if they have cooler nights and dry periods so leave them out at night unless it rains! 🙂

          They store moisture in their leaves so infrequent watering, unless it is really hot, is best! 🙂

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