Pachyveria Clavifolia (Jeweled Crown Succulent)

Pachyveria clavifolia

Last updated on August 31st, 2022 at 09:45 am

Pachyveria clavifolia, also known as the jeweled crown succulent is a plant that has stunning cylindrical leaves that look like pieces of colored glass artfully arranged atop each other in a way that adds an exotic touch to any room.

The jeweled crown succulent’s unusual, twisted trunks and stems also add to its distinct beauty, making it one of the most sought-after succulents on the market today.

Considering how versatile succulents are, it’s no surprise that they can make beautiful houseplants even when they’re not outdoors in the garden.

When you bring succulents indoors, they need slightly different care than their outdoor cousins, but with a little attention to detail and an eye toward the right conditions and variety of succulents, your jeweled crown pachyveria clavifolia will thrive as an indoor plant (almost) as easily as it would outdoors!

Origin and distribution

Pachyveria clavifolia is a beautiful succulent that originates from Mexico. It’s named for its jewel-like appearance, and it’s a popular plant for both indoor and outdoor gardens.

Pachyveria clavifolia can be found in a variety of colors, including green, blue, and purple. The plant is relatively easy to care for, and it’s tolerant of both drought and heat.

If you decide to grow this succulent as an outdoor plant, make sure it has plenty of sunlight during the day and isn’t exposed to frost or freezing temperatures at night.

To keep your pachyveria clavifolia healthy indoors, place it near a window with indirect light or on a bright porch. Water the plant when the soil starts feeling dry.

Pachyveria clavifolia propagation

Pachyveria clavifolia

Pachyveria clavifolia can be propagated by stem or leaf cuttings. To propagate by stem cuttings, take a cutting from the main plant and allow it to callous over for a few days.

Then, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and water lightly. For leaf cuttings, remove a healthy leaf from the main plant and allow it to callous over for a few days as well.

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Then, insert the leaf into well-draining soil and water lightly. Keep the potting soil moist but not saturated. Leaf cuttings will form roots within 4 weeks. If you want to produce large numbers of plants, consider using pachyveria clavifolia’s rapid propagation technique.

Take about 20 leaves from the mother plant and place them on top of moist peat moss in an airtight container that is at least 3 inches deep.

Place this container inside a refrigerator set at 55 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 months. Once the new leaves have grown in size, they can be removed and planted as needed.

Pachyveria clavifolia care information

Pachyveria clavifolia

Pachyveria clavifolia, or jeweled crown succulent, is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant. These plants are native to Mexico and thrive in bright, indirect sunlight.

They are not frost-tolerant and should be protected from cold weather. These succulents are relatively easy to care for and make a great addition to any indoor or outdoor space.

Light requirement

Pachyveria clavifolia grows best in bright, indirect sunlight. If you live in a hot climate, provide some afternoon shade to prevent the leaves from burning.

This succulent can tolerate low light conditions but will grow slower and produce fewer flowers. If your plant becomes too stressed by the lack of light, it may drop its leaves.

Soil/potting mix

Pachyveria clavifolia should be planted in a potting mix that is well-draining. A standard cactus or succulent potting mix will work fine. Be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent the plant from sitting in water. Pachyveria clavifolia can be propagated from stem cuttings or leaves.


Water your Pachyveria clavifolia when the soil is dry to the touch. Be sure to water deeply, and allow the water to drain completely. If the leaves start to wrinkle, that means the plant is not getting enough water.

Pachyveria clavifolia are drought-tolerant, so you don’t have to worry about overwatering them. However, if you do overwater them, the leaves will start to yellow and drop off.

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Pachyveria clavifolia is a jeweled crown succulent is a low-maintenance plant that does not require much fertilizer. However, if you want to give your plant a boost, you can use a cactus or succulent fertilizer.

Simply apply the fertilizer to the soil around the plant. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package, as too much fertilizer can harm your plant.


The ideal temperature for your Pachyveria clavifolia is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets too cold, the leaves will start to drop off and the plant will go into dormancy.

Too much heat can also be damaging, causing the leaves to turn yellow and eventually drop off. The best way to know if your plant is happy is to check the leaves regularly. If they’re a healthy green color, then you’re on the right track!


One thing to keep in mind if you’re thinking of getting this plant is that it prefers high humidity. If the air is too dry, the leaves will start to drop off. The best way to maintain a high level of humidity would be with a humidifier.

You should also try misting the leaves often, and make sure that there’s not too much direct sunlight or strong drafts.

The ideal humidity range is between 50-60% relative humidity. With any succulents, it’s important to check for brown tips on the leaves; if they appear, the succulent needs more water.

Keep an eye out for mold as well; unlike many other plants, succulents can’t just be thrown away when they get moldy because their leaves are their only source of nutrients.


Pachyveria clavifolia is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant. When pruning, be sure to remove any dead or dying leaves and stems. You can also trim back any leggy growth to encourage a fuller, more compact plant.

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As with all succulents, be sure not to over-water your pachyveria clavifolia and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. The best time of year to prune this plant is during dormancy in winter when its growing season has ended.

If you are cutting off old flowers, make sure you leave behind some of the stems so that new ones will grow back in their place. Most people find pachyveria clavifolia to be an attractive addition to their home décor, as well as being a low-maintenance houseplant.

When to repot

Pachyveria clavifolia

Repotting is typically done every two to three years, or when the plant has outgrown its pot. You’ll know it’s time to repot when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes, or the plant becomes top-heavy and starts to topple over.

If you’re not sure whether or not to repot, err on the side of caution and do it sooner rather than later. The best time to repot a succulent is in spring or summer so that it can have plenty of time to grow before winter sets in.

Remember, succulents like well-draining soil, so choose a container with lots of room for air circulation and make sure there are no cracks where water can accumulate.

Dormancy/Winter rest

Pachyveria clavifolia, like most succulents, enjoys a period of dormancy or winter rest. During this time, the plant will stop growing and may even lose some leaves.

This is normal and nothing to worry about. To encourage dormancy, reduce watering, and keep the plant in a cool, dark place. Don’t be alarmed if your Pachyveria clavifolia looks a bit sad during this time; it will bounce back in the spring with proper care.

Flowers & fragrance

The jeweled crown succulent gets its name from its beautiful flowers, which bloom in shades of pink, white, and purple.

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The flowers of the Pachyveria clavifolia are a deep red color and they have a strong, sweet fragrance. The blooms are borne on long, slender stems that arch gracefully over the plant. The flowers are followed by small, round fruits that are green when they first form and turn red as they mature.

Growth rate

Pachyveria clavifolia is a fast-growing succulent that can reach up to 12 inches in height. It has thick, fleshy leaves that are green with red or purple highlights.


Pachyveria clavifolia is not considered to be toxic to humans or animals. However, as with all succulents, it is important to keep this plant out of reach of small children and pets who may be tempted to nibble on its leaves. If ingested, the leaves can cause stomach upset.

USDA hardiness zones

Pachyveria clavifolia thrives best in USDA hardiness zones 10-11. The succulent is native to Africa and has the ability to store water in its leaves and fleshy stems. It can survive without rainfall, but with occasional light watering, it will grow much faster.

Pests and diseases

As with all succulents, Pachyveria clavifolia is susceptible to mealybugs and aphids. These pests can be controlled with regular applications of insecticidal soap or neem oil. The biggest disease threat to this plant is rot, which can occur if the roots are allowed to sit in water.

To avoid this, make sure the pot has drainage holes and only water when the soil is dry.

A final thing to note about Pachyveria clavifolia is that it may drop its leaves in response to cold weather conditions. However, these leaves will typically grow back during warmer months.