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Crassula marginalis rubra ‘Variegata’ “Calico Kitten”

The green, lemony cream and pink leaves of ‘Calico Kitten’ blush a beautiful rose-lilac in drought or cold. Other variations of this variegated plant can come in greens and purples. This multicolored creeper is a go-to accent for succulent dish gardens, serving as an eye-catching contrast to rose-shaped succulents such like echeverias as well as upright growers. Excellent as a hanging basket or for spilling over the sides of a rock wall or along a dry creek bed. Tuck into the nooks and crannies of a waterwise garden where frost is not a concern.


Recommended pairings: Echeveria ‘Lola’, Crassula ‘Springtime’
Bloom time: Late spring to early summer
Size: Up to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Plant in porous soil with adequate drainage
Bright, filtered light with ample airflow
Water thoroughly when soil is completely dry to the touch
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a (30-35° F)


Part of what makes succulents so fascinating are the myriad ways they express themselves throughout the year, depending on light, season, temperature, soil, and hydration. For those and other reasons, the plants you receive may not look exactly as they appear on our website.

Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”

The Crassula Marginalis Rubra Variegata “Calico Kitten” comes from South Africa.

In benevolent climates, you can stay out all year.

The thin stems are covered with succulent thick and armored leaves.

They lack a petiole and emerge green in the central part and creamy the rest and then move to a reddish hue.

If the plant is exposed to the full sun its foliage intensifies the reddish tones, the same happens in the stems.

It grows well in containers given its moderate size, but you can also do it on the ground forming large carpeted areas of color.

It does not like the intense cold that can end it. if it is outside and there is a very bad winter it is better to place it in a sheltered area or even indoors.

Its development is not too dynamic, so it can be dilated a little until a matte of a certain size conforms.

Tips to take care of the Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”


Located outside: The Crassula marginalis rubra variegata are grateful to be in the sun, so it is ideal to put the plant in full sun when it is planted in the extreme.

But it can also grow without any problem.

Located inside: as mentioned above, the Crassula marginalis rubra variegata likes direct sun, and for this reason, it is important that if the plant is inside, locate it in an area where it receives enough sunlight so that the succulent can have the best possible growth and grow very pretty


Located outside: They prefer a poor soil of nutrients and organic matter and especially Crassula marginalis rubra variegata needs a porous substrate, that has excellent drainage and aeration. If you plant your Crassula marginalis rubra variegata directly in the garden, a specific substrate is not needed, as long as it is porous, has good drainage and low in nutrients:

Located in the interior: when we plant the Crassula marginalis rubra variegata in the interior if it is important to have a good substrate and with good drainage, since it does not receive direct sunlight the substrate takes longer to dry, and if the soil is kept very wet or With water pools, the roots of the plant can rot.

For this reason, cactus-specific substrates are the most suitable, since they also contain high doses of magnesium. You can also use a universal culture substrate mixed with pearlite in equal parts


Watering them in excess is the biggest mistake usually made with succulents.

Too much water, and above all, a caked and poorly drained substrate provide the appearance of fungi and the death of the plant.

From October to May they should be irrigated with a small amount of water, depending on the geographical area, weather, and rainfall.

Before watering it is essential to check that the substrate is dry.

Located outside: in summer and spring times it is important to pour enough water to the plant (especially in summer) since the substrate dries faster by heat.

But despite this it is important that between irrigation and irrigation, make sure that the substrate is completely dry. In winter and autumn times you have to be more careful when watering the plant, because the substrate takes longer to dry.

Therefore, you should not water the plant in excess, and leave the plant with the substrate completely dry before re-watering the plant, to avoid the appearance of fungi or root rot.

Located inside: if the Crassula marginalis rubra variegata is located inside it is ideal to water it until the excess water begins to flow out of the hole at the bottom of the pot.

Being located inside the substrate takes longer to dry, especially in winter, so it is not necessary to pour too much water when watering.

And as if it were located inside, you should expect that between irrigation and irrigation, the substrate will dry completely, especially in winter and autumn seasons.


Succulents do not show great nutritional needs.

Only those that come in a pot can require fertilization, although always with care, and especially to stimulate the flowering of the succulent.

It is advisable to use specific fertilizers for cacti and succulents from March to September and always apply them on the moistened substrate, respecting the dose and frequency indicated on the package.


Located outside: Crassula marginalis rubra variegata can withstand cold and weak frost up to -2 ° C, but being outside they need to be protected against hail.

Located inside: as mentioned above, the Crassula marginalis rubra variegata supports frost up to -2ºC.

As the plant is inside, there is no need to be careful with slush and frost, just do not locate the plant in places where it receives strong winds and thus prevents it from dying.


Regardless of whether the plant is inside or outside, the greatest threat of plant disease comes from excess water in the substrate and / or a humid, poorly ventilated and cold atmosphere, a lot of shade, also the plant can suffer burns in its leaves produced by the sun, excess of dryness and heat.

To avoid rot after rains it is advisable to treat them with Funcida Copper Cuper Plus (preventive) or Triadimenol 25% 20 CC Blangueta (systematic, preventive and curative). But this is only necessary if the plant is located outside.

Plantation or transplant

The best time to transplant Crassula marginalis rubra variegata is in spring. If the succulent plant is in a pot, it is important to change the pot every 2-3 years for a larger pot.

If the plant is planted directly in the garden, transplantation is not necessary.

If in the garden area where I plant the succulent plant, it is left without enough space to grow or the substrate is scarce, if it is good to transplant it to an area where the crassula rupestris can grow better.


In general, each succulent leaf is capable of forming a new plant. That is why the best way to spread Crassula marginalis rubra variegata is by stem or leaf cuttings, and the best time to do so is in spring-summer.


Although there is not much information about the degree of toxicity of Crassula Rupestris, you should not be afraid, since Crassula Rupestris is not toxic to pets, so do not be afraid to plant this plant if you have a pet.

Whatever name you call these plants by, they are actually Sempervivum, (which means “live forever” because they grow and propagate so readily) or common houseleeks and are one of the most popular succulents. What I like about these plants is that they grow almost anywhere, even in rock walls. I have several clusters growing in my garden. They don’t require much care, basically just plant them and forget them. Overwatering is something they don’t appreciate. Ask me how I know!

A couple varieties of sedum are the only other succulents in our garden but I’ve noticed succulents are growing in popularity again. Have you seen them planted in an old work boot or pair of baby shoes? Or even in an old pallet as a growing wall of succulents?

One thing I don’t like about this plant are the very strange looking flowers. I think they are down right ugly.

Towering spikes grow with a cluster of flowers on the end. The is the plant’s way of self propagating. After flowering, the mother plant dies. The flowering plant is the hen and the smaller plants that sprout out at the edges are the chicks. I like to pull off the baby plants and plant them in a new spot. It’s amazing how quickly they grow and are practically indestructible, as far as plants go…….except for overwatering.

Here’s a succulent planter with a big WOW factor, created by Michael Wurm from Inspired by Charm. It’s beautiful and inspiring! I may have to try this! I did a feature about his blog in 2012.

An old wives tale claims that hen and chicks protect your home from fire…… hmmm wonder how that tale started?

Do you grow succulents? What’s been your experience with hen and chicks?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Calico Kitten Crassula: How To Grow Calico Kitten Plants

Calico Kitten crassula (Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’) is a pretty little succulent with heart-shaped leaves marked with rosy pink, creamy white, and green. Dainty white flowers bloom in spring and occasionally throughout the season. Calico Kitten plants are easy to grow indoors or out. They look great in rock gardens, hanging baskets and xeriscapes. Read on and learn how to grow Calico Kittens.

Growing a Calico Kitten Plant

Calico Kitten crassula requires plenty of sunlight but should be planted where it isn’t blasted by direct sun on hot afternoons. You’ll find that Calico Kitten succulents are especially pretty in dappled or filtered light where their colors can shine through.

Like all succulents, Calico Kitten plants require fast-draining soil. Indoor plants do well in a potting mix formulated for cacti and succulents, or a blend of regular potting mix and sand.

Caring for Calico Kitten Plants

Keep the soil moist for new Calico Kitten succulents. Once established, the plants are drought-hardy and require water only occasionally. Beware of overwatering, as succulents are likely to rot in soggy conditions. Too dry is always better than too wet. Water indoor plants sparingly during the winter months, only when the leaves look slightly shriveled.

Fertilize Calico Kitten in containers three or four times per year, but always during the growing season and never in winter. Use a water-soluble fertilizer mixed to half strength. Outdoor specimens planted in the ground rarely need fertilizer, but a little compost is always a good idea.

Calico Kitten stems are fragile. If one breaks, just stick it in the soil and grow a new plant. Even a single leaf will grow a new plant. You can also propagate a new plant by dividing mature plants or by separating and planting offshoots (pups) that grow from the base.

Poisonous Plants for Cats

Cats will chew on plants. And because they love to climb and explore, it is difficult to keep plants out of their reach.

If you want to keep plants in your house, or if you let your cat out into your yard, you need to be able to accurately identify plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats.

When in doubt, it is safest to remove a questionable plant from your home.

Common Plants and Flowers That Are Poisonous to Cats

Many toxic plants are irritants: they cause localized inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach, etc. The toxic principle in other plants may have a systemic effect and damage or alter the function of a cat’s organs, like the kidney or heart.

Here’s a list of some common plants that are toxic to cats:

See our photo gallery of the 10 Most Common Poisonous Plants for Cats.

You can also visit the Pet Poison Helpline site for their Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets, and the ASPCA for their extensive list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants.

Which Parts of the Plant Are Toxic to Cats?

If a plant is poisonous to cats, assume all parts of the plant are poisonous—though some parts of the plant may have higher concentrations of the toxic principle than others.

Toxic doses can vary widely from plant to plant. In some cases, ingesting a small amount can have devastating results, while cats may need to be exposed to relatively large amounts of other plants before symptoms develop.

Symptoms to Watch For

Since many plants are irritants, most symptoms seen will be the result of irritation or inflammation, such as redness, swelling or itchiness of the eyes, skin or mouth.

When deeper parts of the gastrointestinal tract, like the stomach and intestines, become irritated, vomiting and diarrhea are likely.

If the toxic principle directly affects a particular organ, the symptoms seen will primarily be related to that organ. For example:

  • Difficulty breathing (if the airways are affected)
  • Drooling or difficulty swallowing (if the mouth, throat or esophagus is affected)
  • Vomiting (if the stomach or small intestines are affected)
  • Diarrhea (if the small intestines or colon are affected)
  • Excessive drinking and urinating (if the kidneys are affected)
  • Fast, slow or irregular heart beat and weakness (if the heart is affected)

Immediate Care

If you see your cat eating a plant and you are uncertain if it is poisonous, or if you even suspect that your cat ate such a plant, do the following before you take him to your veterinarian:

  1. Remove any plant material from your cat’s hair, skin and mouth if you can do so safely.

  2. Keep your cat confined in a safe environment for close monitoring.

  3. Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661 or Animal Poison Control at 1-888-426-4435.

Identifying the plant is very important for determining treatment. If you are unsure of the name of the poisonous plant that your cat was exposed to, bring a sample of the plant or plant material that your cat has vomited with you to the veterinary office.


The best diagnosis is made by identifying the plant. Your veterinarian will also give your cat a physical exam and order tests as necessary to determine the overall health of your cat.

These tests are especially necessary if the identity of the poisonous plant is unknown, or if the identified plant is known to target internal organs.


Your veterinarian may give your cat medications to encourage vomiting and/or activated charcoal to absorb any of the toxic principle that may be in the gut. Your vet may also administer medication like sucralfate, which protects the damaged areas of the stomach.

Supportive care, such as intravenous fluids, anti-nausea drugs, pain medicine for cats and anti-inflammatory medication will be used as needed. Other treatments may be required based on the toxin involved and the cat’s condition.

Living and Management

Some poisonous plant ingestions can be fatal for cats, particularly if treatment is delayed. Other plants may cause enough damage that prolonged aftercare in the form of medication or a special diet is needed.

Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions and ask any questions that you might have.

Take whatever steps you can to protect your cat from exposure to poisonous plants. This includes removing such plants from your home and keeping your cat indoors, or closely supervising any outdoor activities.

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