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Friday, March 14, 2008

Little Crocodile, is really Little Gem!


In a little tiny trip through Home Depot today, I found this cute little hybrid called "Little Gem", or Cremnosedum. It was mislabeled as Little Crocodile, which I found out from Rosemarie, who I consider an expert on succulents! Thanks Rosemarie!!!. Evidently, Little Crocodile has scaly stems (which I don't know about on mine since it is so tightly compacted) and I will have to wait until it is replanted or grows a bit. It is described as having leaves like fat, dark green "beads", that can blush bronze in strong light. The leaves already have a sort of sheen to them, and since it was the only one I've ever seen, and the only one there...I had to buy it, or I feel I would have gone crazy trying to find another one, never being able to get it out of my mind...I like the idea that it will turn bronze in sun...so gotta get it out there and see what happens!

14 comments:

Donna said...

Wow, that's a pretty succulent and aptly named. What a clever name, "Little Crocodile", I love it!

Teri C said...

Love this little guy, so interesting with those shapes and color.

Nicole said...

Hi Julie
Thanks for visiting my blog. I have been becoming a a big fan of succulents of late, and plan to do a post on mine soon. You have some cool plants-I always feel like pinching leaves off to propagate LOL.

Sue said...

Oh it looks so juicy! I hope that you are having a good weekend my friend..

Green thumb said...

Its a cool little succulent, dear Julie. An interesting find I must say.

Ben Heine said...

Great blog!!!

I'll link up with you from my blog..
Ben

No Rain said...

Hi Julie,
I see these all the time at Lowe's. I've always wondered why they call them 'Little Crocodile" when there is no resemblance. Color maybe?
Aiyana

Kelly said...

That's neat! It's very much like one I have that has really pink leaves. I'll have to take a pic of it and put it up. I had picked one up for me and one for Donna a while ago. BTW...I changed my blog link to: Kelly's Not So Green Thumb. I didn't realize you wouldn't be able to access it after I changed the name! Duh! :) I finally added some pics of the Lithop seedlings that are coming up!

Julie said...

Aiyana...LOL...if you squint your eyes it sort of looks like the skin on a crocodile...maybe, sorta....LOL

notsocrafty.com said...

I'm always tempted to get one of these. I love the bulbous leaves. I didn't realize the name was little crocodile now I really want one.

Rosemarie said...

Julie, this one is Cremnosedum 'Little Gem'. The stem of C. 'Crocodile' is somewhat like the skin of one. Look for buds on yours. Mine is putting out some, getting ready to bloom right now.
It's a cute plant! Great find!

Julie said...

Thanks Rosemarie...I hate the mislabeling that goes on...it gets very confusing as so many plants look so similar in the succulent world! I amended the post and thank you for the information. I did find one photo someone posted of Little Gem where the leaves turned a dark red...will this really happen? It also showed it as having both red and yellow flowers in two different pics...which color will they be??? Gosh...I want to scream!!! LOL.

Rosemarie said...

Glad to help out! Yes, Julie, unfortunately, mystery sux (mislabelled)is a way of life! :D I have a thing about identifying them. I can still enjoy them without their proper name, but I'd rather have it.
Yes, the leaves can turn dark red. They do under my SOS program (Sink Or Swim) if in full sun & less water. They only have yellow flowers. Whatever plant you saw with red flowers was not it.
Here's a link to a post I made a yr ago with a pic of 'Little Gem' in it (clickable to enlarge) with its reddish leaves & flowers.
http://thegardenforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=8899
I hope the link works!

Julie said...

Rosemarie- Thanks for the link (it worked)!!! That is a beautiful flower! I love the yellow! I can't wait to see some blooming action...none yet!!!