This species is one of 300 in the large genus Crassula. All are native to South Africa where they are widely distributed.
Many are popular house plants because they are very decorative and quite. C. portulacea is usually very branched and the short and branches of old specimens become woody. The succulent are obovate, very glossy and crowded on the branches. The white, 5-merous are arranged in terminal inflorescences. They are produced only by mature plants.
It grows well at normal room temperature, but it may be advisable to move it to a cooler, but still light, place in winter. Theshould be well-drained, with a sufficient amount of sand. Water quite liberally in hot weather but restrict as the temperature decreases. Propagate by or by placing a on the surface of the compost.