University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

The jade plant is a small shrub and popular houseplant. It has a thick, succulent trunk and branches, and can resemble a small tree. The thick, succulent leaves are opposite, obovate and often have red edges. The leaves do not have petioles, so they are attached directly to the stem. Occasionally jade plants will develop small, white, four-petaled flowers arranged in clusters.