I was given a small clipping of this plant and it is really taking off. Does anyone know what family this is?

small green plant


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I believe that's Chinese Stonecrop.

I think we're having a hard time pinning it down because this species is most commonly seen today in the form of it's red-leaf-tipped cultivar "Coral Reef Stonecrop."

My double-checking on this has led me to conclude the "Coral Reef" cultivar became so much more popular than the original that the cultivar name supplanted the real name.

  • Great Detective Work! Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 7:06
  • Yes, this is definitely it. I also have the "Coral Reef" variety as well but that one has very thin leaves while these are much meatier.
    – jterm
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 15:56
  • Additional: Stonecrops, like various Jade Plants, have a tendency to develop red tips on their own. I would wager (this is just an educated guess) that the redder cultivars were simply stock bred for the inherent redding tendencies that they all inherently possess. Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 16:25

This doesn't look like Purslane to me, black thumb. I know it can get quite weedy, but it can be, and is grown as a house plant, which if controlled, is workable. I have one at home.

I think this plant up here is a species or species hybrid of Crassula.

Update: It appears to be a species of Pilea or Sedum.

  • Definitely a Crassula sp. Perhaps C. Radicans?
    – Viv
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 2:50
  • Could be. This is so tough! It might be Crassula multicava as well. Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 3:54

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