Crassula Perforata 'String of Buttons' Crassula Perforata 'String of Buttons'
Crassula Perforata String of Buttons, Necklace Vine, Pagoda Plant

Crassula Perforata

String of Buttons, Necklace Vine, Pagoda Plant

Crassula Perforata is a very attractive shrubby succulent plant, that grows to a height of about 45 cm tall. It is sprawling succulent plants with stem and leaves stacked on each other. It has short triangle-shaped leaves, gray-green in color, with rosy pink to reddish pink(if given enough sunlight) edges. These leaves grow opposite to each other and spiral around the stem.

Because of these spiral leaves, it is called String of Buttons.

At the top of these beautiful leaves clusters of small star-shaped, pale yellow flowers appears in spring. After the flowering most gardeners cut the dead, dried stems because they look unattractive.

Key Features

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

    Better to keep it near a window where it gets enough sunlight.

  • Grows in Spring and Dormant in Summer

  • Grows up to 18" (45 cm) tall

  • Non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Not cold hardy

  • Partial sun to partial shade

  • Propagation by offsets and cutting

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

    Use regular succulent watering methods. Don't know? Learn how to water succulents easily.

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20 °F | -6.7 °C)

Details about Crassula Perforata "String of Buttons, Necklace Vine, Pagoda Plant"

General Care for Crassula Perforata "String of Buttons"

"String of Buttons" is easy to care for and fast-growing succulent plant. So it is perfect for both beginner growers and pros alike.

It actively grows in Spring. So do care a little extra in these seasons. You should also fertilize if possible. It is dormant in Summer Months. So only water enough to keep it alive. It also grows slowly in the Winter months.


"String of Buttons" requires typical succulent watering needs. It is best to water once the soil is totally dry. Otherwise, its roots may rot in wet soil.

It is a summer dormant plant and does not require much water in this season, except in excessively dry conditions.

Soil Need for Crassula Perforata Plant

The plant naturally grows in Africa in rocky fields and on cliffs where the porous soil gives them well drainage. So you'll also need the same type of well drainage soil for it to grow well.

I've written an in-depth guide on preparing your perfect DIY succulent soil for containers.

Fertilizing Crassula Perforata

In the active growing season, i.e. in the Spring, fertilize it mildly with a succulent fertilizer in a month. As it grows slowly in the Winter months, and dormant in the Summer months, so hold off on fertilizing in those months.

Known Diseases

If you overwater your succulents, it may suffer from fungal disease, and Crassula Perforata is not different. So try to never overwater.

In overwatering situations, the leaves will fall easily than a normal plant.

Known Bugs

The Crassula Perforata may suffer from Mealybugs, Vine Weevil, and aphids. Mealybugs show up as tiny white insects that have a cotton-like look to them. You can remove them using insecticidal soap or a mixture of liquid dish soap and water.

Vine Weevils are flightless black beetles, which damages the plant most in the day time. If you see C-shaped holes wilted or yellow leaves, these are the signs of Vine Weevils. To prevent Vine Weevils use Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth or grits at the base of the plant.

Aphids are tiny pests in different colors. You will find them on the underside of the leaves. Use insecticidal soap or orange guard spray to prevent them.

Is it Poisonous?

The Crassula Perforata is considered as non-poisonous. But some reports show that it is toxic to humans and pets. So better be careful.

Where to Plant

If you live in a colder environment, where temperature can go below 20 °F (-6.7 °C), You should plant it in a container. Because it is not cold hardy and you'll be able to bring it inside in winter.

It grows well in a brighter area where it gets about 4 to 6 hours of sunlight. But avoid exposing to direct sunlight for a long time because the sun will burn its leaves.

How to Propagate Crassula Perforata String of Buttons

The 'String of Buttons' can be propagated by offsets, leaf and stem cuttings. Propagation by leaf cuttings should be avoided by beginners because it is difficult. While propagation by stem cuttings and offsets is easier.

Propagate by Offsets

Crassula perforata produces small offsets around its base. Simply separate the offset from the main plant with a clean sharp knife and plant them in well-draining soil.

Remember to give water when the soil is completely dry. I have mentioned that at the last in watering succulents guide.

Propagate by stem cuttings

To propagate by stem cuttings, cut a stem from the main plant. Allow the removed stem to callous over for some days. Then place the stem in well-draining soil.

Remember to give water when the soil is completely dry. I have mentioned that at the last in watering succulents guide.

Propagate by Leaf cuttings

When cutting a leaf for propagation, try to gently cut as a whole. I.e. no part of the leaf should be left on the stem. This will increase your chances of successful propagation.

After collecting leaves, callous over for a day or two. Then place the leaves on a well-draining soil.

Where to Buy?

The plant might be available on your local nurseries, and you can easily get it from:

Pairs Well With

  • Graptoveria "Candle Blue"


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