Crassula perforata: How to Grow and Care for String of Buttons

Crassula perforata String of Buttons

Scientific name: Crassula perforata

Common name: String of Buttons

The shrub is named “String of Buttons”. It grows well indoors and in terrariums. The leaves grow opposite each other and spiral around the stem, making it look stacked. If enough light is given, the leaves may have a pink tint to them. There are pale yellow flowers in the spring.

Quick Look at Crassula perforata

  • Partial sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 18″ (45 cm) tall
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by leaves, offsets, and stem cuttings
  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Crassula perforata “String of Buttons”

The string of buttons is an easy-to-care-for plant that is perfect for beginners and indoor growing.


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

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

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best 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.

Often Mistaken For

The plant is called the Ring Plant.

How to Propagate Crassula perforata “String of Buttons”

The string of buttons can be grown from leaves, offsets, or stem cuttings.


Pull 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.


The string of buttons will produce small offsets. To remove the offsets from the main stem, use a sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for a couple of days before laying on the soil.


Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to grow the perforata. 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.


  1. Crassula perforata (String of Buttons) – Wikipedia

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