ISI 2004-17. Crassula ‘Baby’s Surprise’ Schulz

This unusual sport is derived from C. ‘Baby’s Necklace’, ISI 1073, distributed in 1978. Australian nurseryman Rudolf Schulz noticed it when propagating his ‘Baby’s Necklace’ and described it in the Australian Succulent Review and Newsletter, Vol. 3 (1), Feb, 1993. It differs in its smaller, rounded leaves and upright stems. It is so different, in fact, that I doubted its origin until a few branches of ‘Baby’s Surprise’ reverted to ‘Baby’s Necklace’ in our nursery (see photo). Rooted cuttings of HBG 84977, a plant from Australian crassula hybridizer Max Holmes. $5.

Photo © 2004 by John N. Trager. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 76 (2), March - April, 2004