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Ruschia 'Nana' - Dwarf Carpet of Stars



Ruschia Nana Succulent residential lawn replacement front yard

Residential Lawn Replacement

Ruschia Nana Succulent close up with flowers

Flowering Succulent

Ruschia Nana Succulent commercial and utility spaces sidewalk

Commercial & Utility Spaces

Ruschia Nana Succulent foot and paw friendly walking

Foot & Paw Friendly

Ruschia Nana Succulent pavers, paths, and stepping stones

Pavers, Paths, & Stepping Stones

Permeable Paving


Ruschia ‘Nana’ is an evergreen succulent, and is a dwarf form of the species, Ruschia lineolata. Defining features include a very compact habit, extremely durable foliage, and the presence of small white-pink blooms in winter/spring. Water requirement is about 75% less than many turf grasses, and Ruschia ‘Nana’ requires nearly no maintenance.  This plant is excellent as a very durable lawn replacement, and also works well with pavers for walkways and patios, as well as a weed-suppressing groundcover in succulent landscapes.

Ruschia Nana Succulent growing climates map California, Arizona, and Nevada




Frequently Asked Questions

When should I plant?

Ruschia ‘Nana’ may be planted year around, in areas of full sun to half sun (5-6 hours of sunlight minimum).

Ruschia Nana Succulent when to plant chart

Southwestern US plant hardiness zone map

How many plugs do I need?

We suggest 3 different planting sequences depending on your preferences:

Preference I want it now; I have deep pockets. I enjoy watching my garden grow; mid-range budget. I'm not in a rush and want to save money.
Spacing 6" on center 9" on center 12" on center
Conversion factor* 4 1.78 1
Fill-in time 3-5 months 4-6 months 5-7 months 

 * multiply your square footage by the conversion factor to get the number of plugs needed

Ruschia Nana Succulent plugs planting and spacing

How do I prepare the site?

Ruschia ‘Nana’ tolerates a range of soil types, but will establish faster in soils that have had the top 4" loosened or tilled, and that have been amended with organic matter if needed, to improve soil texture.

How do I plant the plugs?

Planting Ruschia ‘Nana’ is simple. First, make sure site is properly prepared, and that plugs are well watered. Next, dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the plug. Place the plug in the hole and lightly pack loose soil around it, exposing foliage above soil level. IMPORTANT: Leave no air pockets! Plug soil not surrounded by landscape soil will dry out quickly and reduce chance of survival. 

More questions? Check out our detailed PDF