Adromischus cristatus: How to Grow and Care for Crinkle-Leaf Plant, Key Lime Pie

Adromischus cristatus Crinkle-Leaf Plant, Key Lime Pie

Scientific name: Adromischus cristatus

Common name: Crinkle-Leaf Plant, Key Lime Pie

This small plant has leaves that are covered in hairs. The end of the leaf is crinkled. It is easy to grow and perfect for beginners.

Quick Look at Adromischus cristatus

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 18″ (45 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by leaves
  • Can be toxic to humans and animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Adromischus cristatus “Crinkle-Leaf Plant”

Adromischus cristatus is an easy-to- grow plant. It is versatile and can be grown indoors. A white flower blooms from a tall, green stalks.

It does well on windowsill gardens, in rock and miniature gardens, and in offices.


Therinkle leaf plant needs a bit less water than other plants. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water is limited during winter months.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s a good idea to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.

You can plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.

How to Propagate Adromischus cristatus “Crinkle-Leaf Plant”

Adromischus cristatus can be easily grown from leaves. It can be grown from seed, but this is less reliable and more difficult.


If you want to propagation a leaf, gently twist the leaf from the stem. The leaf should be a clean pull, where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. You will have a better chance of successful propagation.

This is not to be confused with signs of over-watering, but you can collect the dropped leaves and propagation them as well.

Allow the leaf to dry out for a day or two before placing it on the soil.


If you are using a grow light and seed warmer, make sure that the temperature is warmer. Water the seeds whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take a long time depending on your environment.


  1. Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle-Leaf Plant, Key Lime Pie) – Wikipedia

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