Crassula marginalis rubra variegata: How to Grow and Care for Calico Kitten

Crassula marginalis rubra variegata Calico Kitten

Scientific name: Crassula marginalis rubra variegata

Common name: Calico Kitten

The leaves of this plant come in either a green or variegated variety. It can be used to add spiller to container baskets or wedding bouquets. The leaves are green, cream and pink when they are stressed. There are white flowers in the late Spring.

Quick Look at Crassula marginalis rubra variegata

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 3″ (8 cm) tall
    Plant grows over 12″ (30.5 cm) long
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by offsets, cuttings, and leaves
  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”

The crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten” is a great addition to any garden. It is perfect in hanging baskets, rock gardens, and wedding bouquets.


The watering needs for a succulent are typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best to plant the cacti 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 Crassula marginalis rubra variegata “Calico Kitten”

“Calico Kitten” is easy to grow and can be grown from a variety of plants.


Small offsets will be produced by “Calico Kitten”. Allow the offsets to dry for a couple of days before replanting.

Stem Cuttings

Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to growCalico Kitten. Remove a leaf from the main plant and allow it to callous for a few days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


Calico Kitten is very easy to grow from leaves. 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. This will increase the chances of a successful propagation.

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


  1. Crassula marginalis rubra variegata (Calico Kitten) – Wikipedia

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