Crassula helmsii

Swamp Crassula

Spreading perennial herb, rooting at leaf nodes, occasionally floating.

Additional information

  • FamilyCrassulaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesPairs of succulent, narrow green to reddish pointed leaves 3-18 mm x 0.4-3 mm, flat above, convex below. Submerged leaves broader.
  • Flower colourWhite, tinged with red
  • Flowering timeAugust to December peak flowering
  • FlowersSingle tiny open flowers on long stalks per pair of leaves.
  • Bird attractingLeaves
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsAquatic or semi-aquatic on banks of water areas, tolerating temporary or prolonged flooding. Copes with high salt levels. Full sun.
  • Garden useFast growing plant which provides a dense cover on the walls of and in ponds and dam. Excellent for suppressing weeds. Aquarium plant.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian and Indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 39 Sedge Wetland Complex (EVC 136)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 47 Open Water - Reservoirs, lakes, etc (EVC 718)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
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