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Gollum in the Garden


There is something about Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ that makes me smile every time I stumble upon it in our garden.  Maybe it is the texture, those crazy odd shaped leaves, or the dance of color between lime green and red…

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

The specimen above, wedged between some beach stones,  is no more than the size of an apple.  It is a winter bloomer, and loves those winter rains on the West Coast.  Common Names for this gem include “Gollum Jade”, “Trumpet Jade”,  and my personal fave…”ET’s Fingers.”  Speaking of names, seems that the Botanical name for this species is now ovata, but you still see it listed as Crassula argentea, and Crassula portulacea.  Ahh…I love trying to keep up with the names changes for plants.  LOL

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' in the garden.

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' in the garden.

This is the largest of our C. o ‘Gollum’ (above).  We started with one plant and keep breaking off bits to keep expanding its presence.  Ours has not flowered yet, but Plants are the Strangest People has a nice detail what they would look like (not exact species…but the flowers will be the same).

— Matti Far Out Flora


  1. It’s a nice, I love the colours too.

  2. I hope you will consider coming across the bridge on May 2 for this free garden tour:
    50 gardens available, design your own tour in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.
    Natives and succulents are a match made in heaven. Throw in a few Mediterraneans if the deer perceive you to be lunch and you are golden.

  3. what plant id class are you in? i am in the same class here in san diego. we are living parallel lives! nadia

    • Spring Plant ID with Malcolm at City College SF. He is fantastic…class is more work than I imagined…but this structured setting is helping me get familiar with Botanical names…as I have always wanted to know them. Matti

  4. Hey, Megan and Matti, first: your random pic (the bug-eyed tiger with trailing strings of pearls) is priceless!; second: I love how gollum instantly adds a under-the-sea vibe to wherever it pops up… I’m thinking of setting aside a spot on the Rancho for an whole undersea garden, complete with aquarium castle… I just gotta clear a spot!

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