Crassula capitella ssp thyrsiflora, known as the Red Pagoda or Red Flames, is a lovely succulent that is native to South Africa. It is a prolific and mat-forming perennial succulent with many branches of up to 40cm high when in flower. The leaves are borne in rosettes and are sometimes neatly arranged in four ranks or sometimes in a spiral. They are bright green but may take on various brownish or reddish hues, especially when the plants become stressed through lack of water. It flowers at the ends of pagoda chains. The tiny flowers are white but occasionally tinged with pink, in a thyrse (long, spike-like cluster), gradually attenuated, 15- 25cm in length. Once it finishes blooming, the plant falls apart and the individual leaves hit the ground and root, making new plants.
Sowing: Seed can be sown in spring, summer, or autumn in frost-free areas. Seedlings can be watered with a fungicide to prevent damping off.