Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’

Spreading lush green miniature succulent makes charming groundcover in shade or sun. Leaves flush pink with sun. Tiny white star flowers open in profusion.
height 6–8in
width 8–14in
tolerates Drought, Pots, Wind
Low – Moderate
This Crassula is drought tolerant, but its tiny leaves don’t hold much water and it will need supplemental irrigation during summer, at least weekly in sun or bi-weekly in shade.

Keep an eye on the leaves, as they are little water tanks that the succulent uses to store water for drier times. If the leaves begin to wrinkle, your plant is ready for water. If the lower leaves begin to shrivel up and shed, this is also a sign that your plant is ready for a drink.
exposure Full Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Hybrid
15–17, 19–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Low growing bushy crassulas need meticulous weeding in the garden; otherwise the weeds get tangled and intermingled with the succulents, and they are difficult to remove.
These smaller crassulas are an excellent choice for pots, where they can be appreciated up close, but they don’t want to be in a lot of hot sun in a small pot without regular water.

Special Interest

Small crassulas are some of the best succulents for indoors, and their unique shapes make them wonderful focal points in a bright room or one with a little direct sun.