Gollum jade plant care

Scientific Name

Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’

Gollum Jade, Trumpet Jade, Hobbit’s Pipe Jade, ET’s Fingers, Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Money Tree, Finger Jade, Succulent Spoon Jade


Crassula ovata ‘Monstruosa’, Crassula argentea ‘Gollum’, Crassula portulacea ‘Gollum’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula


Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ is a small, evergreen, sparingly branched succulent, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60) wide, with interesting, tubular leaves that have a reddish tint. The flowers are small, star-like and white or pinkish-white in color.

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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Many people enjoy growing Jade Plants in their homes and offices, and they are considered to be symbols of good luck. But you do not need to be lucky to learn what the proper care and maintenance of Jade Plant is. The most important factors to consider when growing Jade Plants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.

Easy to grow in a container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It needs well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly from spring to fall and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. The most common reason for failure is overwatering.

Jade Plant can be propagated from leaves or stem cuttings. Leaf cuttings are the easiest to perform but have a higher chance of failing compared to stem cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Jade Plant (Crassula ovata).


Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ is a similar cultivar of Crassula ovata to the earlier cultivar ‘Hobbit’. Both ‘Gollum’ and ‘Hobbit’ are sometimes referred to collectively as the “Tolkien Group”.


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Common Names: Jade Plant, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, Money Tree, Penny Plant, Dollar Plant, Tree of Happiness

Family: Crassulaceae

Synonymous: Cotyledon lutea
Cotyledon ovata
Crassula argentea
Crassula articulata
Crassula nitida
Crassula obliqua
Crassula portulacea

Crassula ovata

Distribution and habitat: Crassula ovata is native to South Africa where it grows on rocky hillsides under the blazing sun. Rain there is infrequent and usually occurs during the winter months. Consequently, Crassula ovata plants flower during the late winter.
In addition with its adaptation of reducing the water loss, having succulent water-storing stems, leaves and swollen roots that give it the ability to survive droughts, Crassula ovata can also survive being grazed, trodden on or knocked over, as it is able to root from any piece of stem or even from a single leaf.

Description: Crassula ovata is a large well-branched, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub 1-3m (3-10 feet) tall with glossy, dark grey-green, oval, succulent leaves and rounded heads of pink flowers in winter-spring. The stem is stout and gnarled and gives the impression of great age and its branches are also short and stubby, but well-proportioned. Branches are succulent, grey-green in colour and in older specimens the bark peels in horizontal brownish strips. Trunks to 15cm (6 inch) in diameter can develop on older plants.

The leaves are 3-9cm (1-3.5 inch) long and 2-4cm (0.8-1.5 inch) wide, egg-shaped to elliptic, often with a red margin and a somewhat pointed end. They are in opposite pairs, the one pair arranged at right angles to the next, and they are clustered towards the ends of the branches, but they may grow for many years without blooming. When flowers appear, the bush is covered in masses of sweetly scented, pretty pale-pink, star-shaped flowers in tight rounded bunches during the cool winter months. The flowers develop into small capsules, each holding many tiny seeds.

Houseplant care: Crassula ovata plants make an ideal house plant as they can cope with dry conditions and can survive being neglected.
Cleanliness is important for the health and good appearance of the plant. All dead leaves and stems should be removed. Clean the leaves of the plant monthly using room temperature water. Do not use leaf shiners or oils to clean the leaves of Crassula ovata.

Light: Crassula ovata plants need bright light with some direct sun light. A sunny windowsill will be an ideal position for these plants. They will not flower without sunlight and inadequate light will cause developing spindly growth.

Temperature: Crassula ovata plants grow well in warm position during the active growing period, but they need cool temperatures during winter rest period when they should not be subjected to temperatures above 12°C (54°F) and they can tolerate temperatures down to 7°C (45°F).
Give ventilation in summer and stand outside when conditions are favourable for Crassula ovata plants – enough hot and sunny.

Watering: Water regularly and thoroughly during the spring and summer, but avoid overwatering; allow two-thirds of the potting mixture to dry out in between waterings. Little and often is the watering rule for these plants. Keep on the dry side in winter, particularly when conditions are cool; the leaves will have stored a good deal of the previous summer moisture and will be in little danger of suffering from dehydration.

Feeding: Give very week liquid fertiliser once a fortnight during the spring and summer. Do not fertilise during the rest period.

Potting and repotting: Use a mixture of three parts of soil based potting mixture to one part coarse sand or perlite. Crassula ovata should be moved into pots one size larger only once every two years. It will require a maximum pot or small tub size of 20 or 25cm (8-10 inch). At this point, top-dress the plant each spring with fresh potting mixture.
Shallow pots are best for these plants. These plants tend to have shallow root systems and often become top heavy. In such cases, use heavy clay pots.
To maintain a plant at about the same size, treat in a similar way to a bonsai tree. Prune the roots when re-potting into the same size pot and cut back the stems to maintain a pleasing shape. This will help to develop a thick main trunk. Prune back to just above the rings on the stems where the old leaves were located. New leaves will grow from these locations.

Gardening: Crassula ovata is easy plant to grow. It comes from a frost-free environment, but it should tolerate a winter minimum of -1° C (30°F) when it is planted in ground. However, it is best protected from frost to prevent the flowers from being damaged.

Location: Crassula ovata thrives in full sun or semi-shade, but will flower best in a sunny position.
To induce a potted specimen to flower, move it into a sunny or brightly lit position during summer and autumn – but if it has been in a cool low-light spot remember to introduce it to stronger light gradually or the leaves will be scorched.

Soil: While growth is very slow, Crassula ovata is extremely tolerant of poor, dry soil. It grows in normal loam soil with good drainage. Fast draining soil is necessary to avoid root rot of these plants.

Irrigation: Crassula ovata plants should be well watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. Do not to overwater these plants. They are tolerant of drought, wind and coastal conditions. Crassula ovata will tolerate periods of drought effortlessly, but will soon rot if left to stand in wet soil.
During the winter months, plants are watered only enough to prevent the leaves from shriveling.

Fertilise: Mild liquid fertiliser used at monthly intervals during the active growing period will be provide adequate fertility. Do not fertilise during the winter.

Propagation: Individual leaves of Crassula ovata will root readily in the recommended sandy potting mixture if kept in warm room in a position where they can get bright filtered light, but more satisfactory way to propagate in by 5-8cm (2-3 inch) long stem cuttings or basal offsets. The cuttings or offsets should be taken in spring. Plant it in a 5-8cm (2-3 inch) pot of equal parts mixture of peat moss and sand and keep it at normal room temperature in bright filtered light. Water the cuttings or the offsets moderately, just enough to make the potting mixture thoroughly moist and allow the top couple of centimetres of the potting mixture to dry out between waterings. Give it some standard liquid fertiliser about once a month.

When the cuttings are well rooted – in about three months – move the young plant into a one size larger pot of recommended potting mixture and treat it as a mature plant.

Rotting at the base together with wilting of the plant top is probably due to overwatering or to poor drainage.

Brown shriveled patches on leaves indicate inadequate watering.

Crassula ovata is sometimes attacked by mealybugs.
Treatment: Use a suitable pesticide for Crassula ovata as these succulents are sensitive to certain insecticides. Before using a spray insecticides make sure that the product used is labeled for jade plants.

Notes: The genus Crassula is one of the most diverse succulent genera, varying from tiny moss-like annual plants to 3m (10 feet) tall succulent ‘trees’ like Crassula ovata. There are more than 300 Crassula species of which approximate 150 are found in southern Africa where they are widespread, but concentrated in the semi-arid winter-rainfall areas. The centre of distribution of this genus is in southern Africa, but they extend beyond Africa into Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and the southern islands.

Recommended varieties:
Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Gollum’ (= Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’) (Gollum Jade, Trumpet Jade, ET’s Fingers) has tubular leaves, trumpet shaped, each of them tipped with a suction cup, 4-ranked (decussate), smooth, deep glossy green in color with very light spotting usually with bright red leaf margins; the new growth is reddish. It is a small sparingly branched, shrubby, erect, succulent, that can slowly grow up to 50-80cm tall by 30-60cm (12-24 inch) wide.

Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Hobbit’ (= Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’) (Hobbit’s Pipe Jade, Hobbit Jade) has leaves that are nearly tubular and curled back around.

Crassula ovata ‘Minor’ (Crassula ovata ‘Minima’) is a dwarf has glossy green thick fleshy leaves with reddish edges. The trunk and branches on this plant are thick.It will grow to maximum height of 50 to 75cm (20-30 inch) with a with of 25 to 50cm (10-20 inch).

Uses and display: Crassula ovata is a wonderful sculptural plant for pots, tubs, rockeries, retaining walls and gravel gardens and is the ideal plant for a water-wise garden. It can also be grown in pots indoors. It have long been used in containers where they will live for years in root-bound conditions but can also be used as specimen or hedge plantings outdoors in full sun, part sun or deep shade.

In the Far East, Germany and the USA it is traditionally grown in square porcelain tubs with ‘lion feet’ to bring good financial luck and has attracted more common names including the Money Tree, Penny Plant, Dollar Plant and Tree of Happiness.


Foliage – green
Shape – uprighth
Height: 1-3m (3-10 feet)

Watering in rest period – sparingly
Watering in active growth period – plentifully
Light – bright
Temperature in rest period – min 7C max 13C
Temperature in active growth period – min 16C max 24C
Humidity – low

Hardiness zone: 9a-11

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Befriend this mutant jade plant character

We have an incredible summer blockbuster for you. Instead of some silly popcorn movie, though, we’re talking about a succulent full of freakish star power. It’s pretty much a given that the mention of Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ is going to elicit a “my precious” response from someone. Some geek. (Like us.) Sorry, non-“Lord of the Rings”-fan gardeners. Unlike the Gollum character himself, though, it’s a rather cheery, desirable form. A super bonsai candidate. If you’ve seen this monstrose jade plant form while out and about, or have one yourself, you’ll probably agree.

The jade plant is a popular subject for bonsai training due to the inherent gnarly character of the thickened trunk and the ease with which it can be pruned and trained. In the case of ‘Gollum’, the red-tipped “fingers” are an added plus to create an interesting bonsai plant, around 1′ to 3′ tall and 1′ to 2′ wide.. … “Bright green leaves with ring-like red margins to rule them all!!!” … Sorry; it’s finally out of our system.

The leaves, unlike the flattened leaves of regular jade, form odd tubular, lime green “fingers”. The tip of the leaf is flared but depressed in the center and often a brilliant, translucent red. It’s excellent as patio plant or landscape plant. Just watch out for filthy hobbitses snooping around to steal your precious backyard fruit and vegetables. (No, we really can’t help ourselves, and we’re far from the biggest Tolkien fans.)

In the video below, our totally-not-filthy succulent whisperer Tom, an upstanding, productive member of society, channels his inner Gollum (no, really) to explain why you should consider making this variety part of your slice of Middle-earth, er, your space. Corral your Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ at our online retail store, shopaltmanplants.com, or our wholesale store, the Cactus Shop. No need to feed it raw fish either.

Gollum Jade Care – Information About Gollum Jade Crassula Plants

Gollum jade succulents (Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’) are a favorite winter houseplant that may go outside in spring. A member of the jade plant family, the Gollum is related to the Hobbit jade – listed under the “Shrek” and “Lord of the Rings” category. A few jades on the market have inherited such nicknames from the movies. Similar to its larger cousin ET’s fingers, this jade also has long tubular leaves that curl inward and are tipped in red. When happy in its location, the plant may even produce small, star-like pinkish flowers in summer.

How to Care for Gollum Jade

The Gollum jade crassula is readily available and may come into a simple collection as a cutting. The plant grows and multiplies easily in a sunny location. Adjust the plant gradually

into a full sun area if you’re not sure of the conditions it occupied prior to your home or office. If the plant was indoors at a nursery or garden center when you got it, you will also need to acclimate it before placing in full sun.

The plant will maintain and even appear to thrive in part sun, but for maximum performance, place it in full sun. Grow it in a fast-draining gritty mix for succulents or choose a similar cactus growing mix. Coarse sand is a great addition to the cactus mix. As long as the soil provides excellent drainage, it will work when growing Gollum jade.

Water regularly in spring and summer, allowing soil to totally dry out before you water again. Cut back on watering in fall and water lightly and infrequently in winter. As with many succulent types, overwatering is the primary cause of death among them.

Fertilize lightly in spring. Feed this plant again in summer using a weak mix of succulent food, if it is not growing vigorously.

Other Gollum Jade Info

During the growth phase, you’ll see the stem thicken and become somewhat gnarly looking. It can eventually grow to three feet (.91 m.) high and two feet (.61 m.) wide, so make sure the container is changed as it grows. Using the Gollum jade crassula for bonsai training is also a consideration. Plant it in the ground if conditions are favorable. It is hardy to USDA zones 10a to 11b.

Enjoy the easy-to-grow Gollum jade and other members of the Hobbit family.

Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ Jade

Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata): A monstrose sport that first appeared in the 1970s at Abbey Garden. In warm climates (zone 10+) it can grow into a large shrub, but it really shines as a low maintenance indoor plant. When grown in a small pot, its woody branches even lend themselves to bonsai pruning.

Like Hobbit Jade, the other member of the “Tolkien / Tölken Group“, the leaves of Gollum Jade curl in upon themselves and have round, suction cup-like tips that turn red in direct sun. Jade plants can bloom in winter with impressive clusters of delicate white flowers.

Gollum Jade tolerates extended drought and should be kept in containers with drainage holes and gritty, well-draining soil. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry. Once your plant is mature, it can easily be propagated from stem cuttings (more info).

PLEASE NOTE: Crassula ovata can cause mild digestive irritation if consumed.

Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need ample sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.

Full Crassula Guide

Gollum Jades are easy to root in pots

Succulent jade plants are great choices for low water gardens. These plants are easy to grow in hot dry areas and also make great houseplants. Their care is similar to cactus (without the thorns).

One of my favorite succulent plants is named Crassula portulacea, commonly called Horseshoe or Spoon Jade. Recently they’ve been called Shrek Plant, Gollum Fingers, ET Fingers or Hobbit Plant because their dark green leaves look like fingers with reddish tips.

These plants can take full sun to light shade. They are happy indoors as houseplants or outdoors for dry gardens.

These water-wise succulent plants like heat and sun whether you grow them indoors, in containers or in the garden. Crassula portulacea succulent plants are just as easy to care for as their cousin, crassula ovata. Both plants can take up to 6 hours of sun a day, have similar growth habits and look interesting grouped together in the garden.

If your jade plants develop yellow or brown spots on the leaves, it is either stress or sunburn. If they are in a pot, try moving the plant to an area with less sun. If they’re outdoors, try giving them a nice soak and they should perk up. During heat waves you might want to try giving them some temporary shade with a shade cloth or umbrella.

Crassula Plants in Containers

In containers, Crassula portulacea will remain small and is often used for bonsai to take to look of old trees or shrubs.

They grow slowly and can be trimmed into the shape of trees with interesting trunks. In the ground they will eventually reach a height of 4 to 5 feet tall.

A Gollum Jade plant and a ceramic fish suggest an underwater garden

Older plants take on a unique gnarled look and can add an underwater look to your garden.

Gollum Jade is great if you don’t have time to fuss over a demanding plant. Crassula happily oblige and even produce blooms in late winter. This increases their value as a landscape plant in my book as winter blooming plants are uncommon.

Shrek Plants produce flower clusters that look like tiny bouquets of daisies. Bloom color can range from light to dark pink, some have a salmon or coral tint. The plant I started as a small cutting two years ago is blooming for the first time this year. Established plants should bloom reliably each year.

These shrubs are called succulent plants because they store their water in their trunks and leaves. This allows them to get by with little water. All that stored water can make them susceptible to rot if they sit in a pool of wet dirt. Let the soil dry out between watering to keep them happy.

Crassula Plant Problems

Rot will show up as warped trunks, sometimes with bubbles on them. The mushy insides eventually dissolves, leaving a brown outer crust. This material will not come back, so throw it on the compost pile.

Drought-tolerant Crassula are best grown in USDA Zones 9b – 11. Every year, mine are able to take a light frost for a few hours. But I’d give them overhead protection in winter if you are in a cold area.

Light frost damage will show up as tiny brown spots, kind of like freckles or scabs. Although unattractive, your plant should be fine, but the spots won’t go away. Sometimes entire leaves will freeze and fall off.

A bad case of frost damage will freeze the plant solid, when it thaws it looks mushy and soft, like rot. Anything that is still solid should come back. Take off the green mush and toss that into the compost pile. Any parts of the plant that are not mushy and are still green have to potential to resprout. Just resist the temptation to water them!

Delicate white flowers on a Gollum Jade

Xeriscaping with drought tolerant cactus and succulents has become popular out here in the southwest where we sometimes have water rationing and shortages.

The unusual shape of Crassula Portulacea plants add a dramatic touch to your landscape and are an easy and reliable addition to any water-wise garden.

For tips on how to expand your collection of plants with stem or leaf cuttings, visit my Succulent Plant Propagation Page…

Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ is a small shrubby tender succulent that is popular with followers of J.R.R. Tolkien. because of the shape of its leaves. Grow the Hobbit Jade plant if you enjoy succulents with an unusual look.

Crassulae are a genus of succulents that are often seen at garden centers. They come in many forms and varieties. Today we’ll be exploring Crassula ovata ‘hobbit’.

Hobbit succulent Jade plant is a trumpet-shaped, shrubby succulent that can take on a tree like form when mature. It is similar to the variety Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ in looks and growing habit

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Facts about Crassula

For science and botany buffs, the classification of Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ is:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula
Cultivar: ‘hobbit’

The plant is native to South Africa. and the cultivar was introduced in the 1970’s. In its natural habitat, the plant grows on rocky hillsides in full sun with little rainfall.

It is very similar in look and growing habit to Crassula Ovata ‘Gollum’.

While crassulae as a whole are known as money tree and jade plants, this fun looking plant is also known as Hobbit Fingers, Finger Jade, Organ Pipe Jade Plant and Hobbit Jade.

Jade plants are considered “lucky plants” which attract wealth. This is because many varieties of crassula have coin shaped leaves.

Many designers even use crassula to decorate keeping feng shui practices in mind.

How to Grow Hobbit Jade

Crassula ovata ‘hobbit’ is a slow growing succulent that is perfect for those with brown fingers. It is easy to grow and doesn’t mind a bit of neglect.

Sunlight needs for crassula hobbit:

Crassula Hobbit can grow in both full sun and partial shade. Outdoors, give this succulent a spot that gets at least four house of sunlight a day.

Inside, grow Hobbit near a bright, sunny window. Even though the plant can grow in partial shade, the colors won’t be as vibrant, and you may find it reverts to mainly green instead of red tipped leaves.

Group hobbit jade with other succulents so they all benefit from the same window spot. This propeller plant – crassula falcata and the blue chopsticks plant – senecio vitalis all love bright sunlight, just as hobbit does.

Watering requirements for crassula ovata ‘hobbit’:

A good way to water is the “soak and drain” method. To do this, bring the plant to the sink and give it a good soak, allowing the water to drain out of the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.

Then allow the soil to dry out down about 2 inches before watering again.

During the winter months, water the plants only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.

Soil Needs for crassula ovata ‘hobbit’:

Like all succulents, a well draining soil mix is needed for Hobbit since sucuclents are prone to root rot if over watered.

You can choose a specially formulated soil for cacti and succulents, or add perlite and coarse sand to ordinary potting soil.

In general succulents like a slightly acidic soil with a pH about 6. Fertilize crassula ‘hobbit’ once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to one half the recommended strength.

Uses for Hobbit

The tree like growth habit for Hobbit Jade makes it a popular choice for growing as a bonsai plant. Since it is a slow grower, it is also a good choice for growing in dish gardens or terrariums.

When grown outdoors, Hobbit makes an attractive and non invasive ground cover. Unless you live in the warmer zones, though, the plant will need to come indoors before the first frost.

Flowers and Foliage:

This succulent is shrubby in form and has an erect growing habit. The trunk of the plant is segmented and branching. It can be shaped into bonsai forms quite easily.

The leaves are fleshy and spoon shaped. The leaf margins have a red color, particularly if the plant is grown in bright light.

New growth is often red. Flowers grow in clusters and are star like. Colors are white or pinkish white with pink stamens. The bloom time is late fall to early winter but Hobbit will only bloom under ideal conditions.

To get your Hobbit plant to flower, it needs a period of cold before dormancy. You can mimic this by leaving the plant outdoors on an enclosed patio or porch for a few weeks.

The shorter and cooler days will urge the plant to come into bloom.

Mature Size:

Hobbit Jade plant is fairly slow growing. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and around 2 feet (60 cm) wide at maturity. The leaves an be up to 2 inches long. The plant is dormant in the winter months.

Photo credit: jjacek on Flickr

Hobbit Jade will become leggy over time and pruning the plant will help to keep a better shape. It is a good idea to also prune in the spring, by cutting away some of the new growth.

This will make the main stem stronger and keep the plant more compact.

Diseases and Insects:

Like most succulents, fungal diseases caused from over-watering are something to be on the look out for. This could show itself with limp leaves that easily fall off.

On the other hand, brown shriveled patches on the leaves are a sign of under-watering.

Mealy bugs, spider mites, and scale are insects that can be a problem. Mealy bugs show up as tiny white insects that have a cotton-like look to them. They will often show up around the primary flowering time.

Scale insects are found on the stems of succulents and are quite hard. They can be scraped off with a fingernail.

Cold Hardiness for Crassula Ovata Jade:

In colder climates, grow Hobbit Jade as an indoor plant. This is a tender succulent that will only over winter outdoors in zones 9a to 11. The plant can be moved outside in the summer months and will benefit from this.

Get some ideas for succulent containers for your Hobbit plant. You’ll be amazed at some common household items that can be used.

How to propagate Crassula ovata ‘hobbit’

Get new plants for free by propagating this succulent from leaf and stem cuttings. In its natural habitat, Crassula Hobbit will drop leaves and new plants will form over time. You can do this, too!

To grow new plants from leaves, gently twist a leaf from the stem, trying to get a very clean break. Allow the leaf to callous over for a few days and then either lay on top of the soil, or insert gently into the soil.

Roots will form on the calloused end and a new plant will start growing in a few weeks. A hormone rooting powder will speed up this process.

Stem cuttings also need to have the end callous over. Because of their size, they will form new plants more quickly.

Toxicity for Jade Plants:

Plants of the crassula family are considered toxic to dogs, cats and horses by the ASPCA and the University of California, Davis. Crassula ovata, which is commonly known as Jade plant is toxic to pets.

If ingested, the plant can cause vomiting and a slowed heart rate. The plant can also cause depression and a lack of coordination. Most cases of crassula poisoning are mild but in rare cases, the ingestion of the plant has caused more serious effects such as convulsions.

I cannot find research that shows the variety Hobbit specifically mentioned as being toxic, but since the genus crassula is, I assume Hobbit Jade is as well.

As far as humans are concerned, crassula plants are only mildly toxic to humans if eaten, resulting in minor health issues like diarrhea and vomiting.

Crassula ‘Hobbit’ vs ‘Gollum’ crassula

It is easy to see why people get confused with these two varieties of crassula. They have a very similar look to their tubular leaves and are both shrubby and a similar size.

The difference comes in the curling of the leaves and the leaf tips.

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In Gollum, the leaves are very nearly tubular and appear to be tipped with circular suction cup, reminding us of the J.R.R. Tolkein character of the same name. Gollum’s leaves are more tubular with a slightly red interior to the suction cups base and the leaves are usually all green.

In the cultivar ‘Hobbit’, the leaves are curled backwards around themselves and downward from the sides. Hobbit’s leaves are more open and scooped shape. The leaves of Hobbit are more fleshy and fatter with the leaf tip having a red color.

Where to purchase Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’

Check the garden center of both Lowe’s and Home Depot. I found my plant at a small local garden center. The Farmer’s market is also a great place to purchase succulents. The plant is also available online:

  • Crassula Hobbit on Etsy
  • Hobbit Jade on Amazon
  • Crassula Ovata Hobbit at Mountain Crest Gardens

Be sure to check out my tips for buying succulents. This gives information on what to look for both locally and when buying online.

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  • Hobbit Jade Plant
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  • rooting powder


  1. Plant Hobbit Jade in well draining soil
  2. Give 4 hours of sunlight a day.
  3. Water well in the sink when the soil is dry and allow to drain.
  4. Useful in dish gardens, as a bonsai, or in terrariums
  5. Only cold hardy in zones 9a to 11.
  6. Fertilize once during the growing season at half strength.
  7. Propagate from leaf and stem cuttings.


All crassula varieties are toxic to dogs, cats and horses, and mildly toxic to humans

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Crassula ovata cultivars:

  • Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Gollum’ = ‘Gollum’
  • Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Hobbit’ = ‘Hobbit’
  • Crassula ovata ‘Coral’ or ‘Coralle’ = ‘Gollum’ or similar mutation (Form with leaves fushed into coral-like tubes, apices truncate)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Dwarf Hobbit’ (A listed name. There are both smaller and larger variants of ‘Gollum’ and ‘Hobbit’, some not very distinct indeed.)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Finger Jade’ = ‘Gollum’ (A listed name. It should be noted that ‘Lady Fingers’ is a very distinct clone from ‘Gollum’. )
  • Crassula ovata ‘Gandalff’ (Form with fused leaf, the name being a takeoff on ‘Hobbit’ . Distinctions not yet reported.)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Giant Gollum’ =’Green Giant Coral’ (As ‘Gollum’ but larger overall)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ ( Leaves rolled into a tube, usually with one part protecting longer than the other margin. Tips reddish in light. It has nearly 100% tubular leaves and not the number of flat, spoon-shaped and irregular blades – incomplete tubes – of ‘Hobbit’. )
  • Crassula ovata ‘Green Giant Coral’ = ‘Giant Gollum’
  • Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’ (With leaves twisted, rolled inward but not tubular as ‘Gollum’. It has many spoon-shaped, shovel-shaped and wide open tubes that some have compared to a pita sandwich or gyros)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Horn Tree’ (A listed name for a fused-leaf plant listed separately from ‘Gollum’. Perhaps just a name for large stock of a similar type.)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Lady Fingers’ (With leaves fused into tubes as ‘Gollum’ but tubes distinctly narrower, longer, and more upright. It is a more elegant plant from photos.)
  • Crassula ovata ‘Sea Coral’ = ‘Gollum’
  • Crassula x portulacea ‘Baby Jade’ (It is smaller than C. ovata on average, eventuall a small woody shrub, leaves smaller than C. ovata all green. this name is for the typical clone(s) of the trade. Not all species hybrids will be the same)
  • Crassula x portulacea f. monstrosa = C. ovata ‘Gollum’


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