Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit or Gollum or E.T.’s fingers’ /”Jade Plant”
Description of E.T.’s fingers
The tip of the leaves are flared and depressed in the center and often reddish just like ‘Hobbit’, but instead of short and chubby, they are 3″ to 4″ long looking like the finger on that famous “Extraterrestrial”. The plant itself grows fast and gargantuan as well easily reaching 5′-6′ tall and 3′ wide! Excellent as patio plant or landscape plant with its red-tipped, long, alien finger-like leaves atop a thick, gnarly trunk. An excellent plant for brightly lit areas in the house, patio and in more temperate climes can be planted in the garden or landscape. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light to full sun. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.
Crassula ovata jade ET fingers or Shrek plant
(This plant comes in a 3.5″ pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
If you are looking for a plant that is easy to care, Jade plants are great choices. whether you grow them indoors or in the garden.
When grown in containers, Crassula portulacea will stay small, sometimes they are used for bonsai. They grow slowly and can be trimmed into the shape of trees. In the ground they will eventually reach a height of 4 to 5″ tall.
Jade is great if you don’t have time to take care of a plant. They produce flower clusters that look like tiny bouquets of daisies. Bloom color can range from light to dark pink, some have a salmon or coral tint. Established plants should bloom reliably each year.
Recommended temperature zone: Sunset: 8,9,12-24, USDA: 9b-11
Exposure: light shade to full sun
Origin: South Africa (Eastern Cape)
Growth habits: Succulent shrub, the wild variety can reach 9″ (2.7 m) when planted outside
Watering needs: Little water in summer, none in winter
Propagation: Stem cuttings, leaf cuttings
Cultural Practices: Crassulas are sensitive to mealybugs
Blooming habits: Clusters of pink flowers in winter
One of the easiest plants you can grow! This effortless beauty thrives in any soil, any sun situation, indoors, outdoors, ground, pot – it really doesn’t care! No doubt named for its unusual leaves that curl under, forming slightly open tubes – similar to a hobbit’s ear. This unique cultivar also shares its namesake’s shorter stature, reaching a manageable 3’ tall by 2’ wide, unlike other “Jade Plants” that can become monstrously large. Can be left to grow naturally as a rounded shrub, or trained as a super easy bonsai-esque specimen! Bloom time varies depending on climate, but boy-howdy it’s a sight to behold when clusters of pale pink, star-shaped blooms almost completely obscure the foliage. Provide good drainage if possible – though it tolerates clay just fine if it’s not over-watered. Protect from frost.
Gollum is a form when the leaves are almost completely curled with flare out at the tips. Hobbits tend to be a little more open or not as tightly curled. Both will form nice specimens over time. I think the E.T.’s fingers have much tighter curled leaves, almost closed at the top and are a little smaller than hobbit or gollum. I’ve also heard that hobbit and gollum are one in the same but with so many different crassula cultivars it could be just growing conditions or specific traits that have been bred.
Crassula ovata cultivars:
Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Gollum’ = ‘Gollum’
Crassula ovata ‘Convoluta Hobbit’ = ‘Hobbit’
Crassula ovata ‘Coral’ or ‘Coralle’ = ‘Gollum’ or similar mutation (Form with leaves fushed into coral-like tubes, apices truncate)
Crassula ovata ‘Dwarf Hobbit’ (A listed name. There are both smaller and larger variants of ‘Gollum’ and ‘Hobbit’, some not very distinct indeed.)
Crassula ovata ‘Finger Jade’ = ‘Gollum’ (A listed name. It should be noted that ‘Lady Fingers’ is a very distinct clone from ‘Gollum’. )
Crassula ovata ‘Gandalff’ (Form with fused leaf, the name being a takeoff on ‘Hobbit’ . Distinctions not yet reported.)
Crassula ovata ‘Giant Gollum’ =’Green Giant Coral’ (As ‘Gollum’ but larger overall)
Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ [‘Golumn’, ‘Convulata Gollum’, C. x portulacea f. monstrosa] ( Leaves rolled into a tube, usually with one part protecting longer than the other margin. Tips reddish in light. It has nearly 100% tubular leaves and not the number of flat, spoon-shaped and irregular blades – incomplete tubes – of ‘Hobbit’. )
Crassula ovata ‘Green Giant Coral’ = ‘Giant Gollum’
Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’ (With leaves twisted, rolled inward but not tubular as ‘Gollum’. It has many spoon-shaped, shovel-shaped and wide open tubes that some have compared to a pita sandwich or gyros)
Crassula ovata ‘Horn Tree’ (A listed name for a fused-leaf plant listed separately from ‘Gollum’. Perhaps just a name for large stock of a similar type.)
Crassula ovata ‘Lady Fingers’ (With leaves fused into tubes as ‘Gollum’ but tubes distinctly narrower, longer, and more upright. It is a more elegant plant from photos.)
Crassula ovata ‘Sea Coral’ = ‘Gollum’
Crassula x portulacea ‘Baby Jade'[C. ovata x C. lactea] (It is smaller than C. ovata on average, eventuall a small woody shrub, leaves smaller than C. ovata all green. this name is for the typical clone(s) of the trade. Not all species hybrids will be the same)
Crassula x portulacea f. monstrosa = C. ovata ‘Gollum’