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


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.

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  • Great Detective Work! – Srihari Yamanoor Oct 4 '16 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 Oct 5 '16 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. – Paul Nardini Aug 14 '17 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.

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  • Definitely a Crassula sp. Perhaps C. Radicans? – Viv Oct 4 '16 at 2:50
  • Could be. This is so tough! It might be Crassula multicava as well. – Srihari Yamanoor Oct 4 '16 at 3:54

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