Mystery succulent

by Clara

Hi and nice to meet you!

My boyfriend bought a super nice succulent which had a dense foliage and white flowers. We then moved countries and it took us several months to be able to bring all our plants over to the uk. Our succulent stayed a long time in the dark and lost most its leaves. Now it is better but I still feel it is not very happy and I actually have no idea what it is. It looks like a crassula but its leaves are zig zagged and I can't find any looking alike.

Thanks a lot for helping me identifying it so I can see which conditions are best for her. (Note : the soil smells a bit rotten to me, maybe I should repot it)


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Nov 13, 2020
Looks Like
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

This looks like Sedum kamscaticum,or Russian Stonecrop. The reason it doesn't look happy and is so straggly is that it's super hardy (think Siberia!). However, right now is not the time to be putting it outdoors where it belongs. Try to give it the brightest spot you have for the winter, or use a grow light, then in the spring get it out into the garden.

More about it here;

This one has yellow flowers, but there are similar hardy Sedum with white ones too. They all need similar care.

The moldy smell will go away once it's outdoors - meanwhile, stop watering it.

Nov 14, 2020
Thanks and additional flower information
by: Clara

Thanks for the information, will try to look into sedums but I am quite surprised if it is this? I realised I gave the wrong information about the flowers! They were more purple and had a really special shape like a bell or heart-like.

Thanks for your help and I'll keep the advice preciously.

Nov 14, 2020
In that case
by: Jacki

Hmm, purplish bells and scalloped leaves? That's sounding more like a Kalanchoe of some kind.

Have a look on this page for more possibilities;

Nov 14, 2020
Kalanchoe indeed
by: Clara

Hi Jacki yes you're right it's a Kalanchoe I think. Couldn't identify exactly which species but something near kalanchoe manginii / wendy.


Just to confirm, I can keep it inside then right?

Nov 14, 2020
Oh Yes!
by: Jacki

Sorry, I should have said - yes, Kalanchoe need to be indoors, but yours looks like it needs more light than what it's getting.

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