Crassula muscosa: How to Grow and Care for Watch Chain

Crassula muscosa Watch Chain

Scientific name: Crassula muscosa

Common name: Watch Chain

The leaves are tightly around the stem. The stems of the plant grow into a small bush. There are tiny yellow-green flowers.

Quick Look at Crassula muscosa

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) tall
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by stem cuttings
  • Can be toxic to animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Crassula muscosa “Watch Chain”

It’s perfect for hanging baskets or rock gardens because it adds great suspense as it grows, and then spills when it begins to trail.


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

If grown outdoors in full sun, it may require more frequent watering during the summer.

Our free watering cheat sheet will show you how to tell if your plants are getting too much water and how to save it.

Where to Plant

It should be brought indoors when the temperature falls below 20 F.

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 muscosa “Watch Chain”

The muscosa “Watch Chain” is a prolific propagator. It is easy to grow from stem cuttings. If growing outdoors, it’s best to plant in an area where it can spread and trail.


The watch chain can be grown with a sterile knife or scissors. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


The Latin word muscosus means “mossy” and it is also synonymous with Crassula lycopodioides.

Name Origin

The Latin word muscosus means “mossy” and it is also synonymous with Crassula lycopodioides.


  1. Crassula muscosa (Watch Chain) – Wikipedia

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