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Adromischus Cristatus (Crinkle Leaf Plant) Profile

Written by Iris

Dec 15 2021

Adromischus Cristatus (Crinkle Leaf Plant) Profile
Adromischus Cristatus, or colloquially known as Crinkle Leaf Plant, is a compact, slow-growing, succulent plant from South Africa. The branching green to gray-green stems are triangular with strangely wrinkled edges. When flowering, the Adromischus Cristatus wrinkled leaves grow into slender stems that are white and light red in petals.

Adromischus Cristatus Picture

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Adromischus Cristatus Info

Botanical Name Adromischus Cristatus
Common Names Crinkle Leaf Plant, key lime pie plant
Plant Type Succulent
Mature Size 6 in. tall, 3 in. wide
Sun Exposure Full, partial
Soil Type Sandy, well-drained
Soil pH Acidic
Bloom Time Spring

Adromischus Cristatus Native Habits

Adromischus Cristatus is an evergreen, succulent perennials species in the Crassulaceae family. It originates from South Africa and is grown around the world as a houseplant, it's a great choice for beginner gardeners! Foliage is roughly triangular, coloured grey-green, with crinkled, wavy edges, hence this plant is commonly known by the name crinkle leaf Plant, the leaves are also covered in small hairs. Starry flowers are borne on long stems above the leaves, they are white and may have red flushing along the edges of the petals. This plant is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a position of full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.

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How to Care for Adromischus Cristatus
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Adromischus Cristatus Distribution

Adromischus Cristatus plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
  • Brea, California
  • Brentwood, California
  • Carlsbad, California
  • Castro Valley, California
  • Clayton, California
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Uses of Adromischus Cristatus

As a succulent that doesn't grow well in cold environments, adromischus Cristatus is often grown indoors and placed on or near window sills. It’s an attractive plant on its own but also looks lovely when added to a succulent garden mixture of Succulents or cacti.

Varieties of Adromischus Cristatus

There are several varieties of Crinkle Leaf Plants, including:
Adromischus Cristatus var. clavifolius: This is a dwarf variety that only grows around 3 inches tall and 0.5 inch wide.
Adromischus Cristatus var. schonlandii: This is another small variety, and its stems are wrapped in red aerial roots.
Adromischus Cristatus var. zeyheri: This variety features pale to bright green leaves that are hairless and spoon-shaped with wavy edges.
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Adromischus Cristatus Common Pests/Diseases

Varieties of adromischus are not prone to disease or pests. The most pressing concern is overwatering. If the plant is overwatered, rot may appear. Severe rot may kill the plant but smaller patches of rot can be trimmed off with a sharp knife.
NOTE: The plant can be toxic to animals and humans. It should be kept away from pets and children.