Senecio crassissimus

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Senecio crassissimus Care Guide

Growing Season:

Winter

Dormant Season:

Summer

Common Name: 'Lavender Steps' or 'Vertical Leaf Senecio'

About Senecio crassissimus

Senecio crassissimus is another unique succulent in that its special adaptation is that its leaves change the direction of its surfaces so that no flat areas are pointing towards the sun. This helps prevent moisture loss in hot environments. 

Senecio crassissimus absolutely thrives in hot and sunny locations. Fertilizing isn’t really necessary as their natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. is nutrient poor, rocky soils in tropical Madagascar. 

Senecio crassissimus is toxic if ingested so keep it away from children and animals. 

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Senecio rowleyanus

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Senecio rowleyanus Care Guide

Growing Season:

Winter

Dormant Season:

Summer

Common Name: 'String of Pearls' or 'String of Beads'

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About Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus is most commonly known as ‘String of Pearls’ for its almost perfectly spherical leaves. It is dormant in the summer, but grows quickly when temperatures cool down in the fall and winter. 

The shape of its leaves maximize water content while minimizing surface exposure to light. For this reason, they can go for long periods without water. The most common problem people have with ‘String of Pearls’ is overwatering. Wait until the pearls lose their shine, start to look dull and shrink due to a lack of water. You’ll notice an indent in the pearls when it is time to water. 

Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ loves bright light, but not direct sunlight. Sun stress turns the pearls a purplish-brown color.  It usually blooms in the summer and when it does, be sure to smell the flowers. They smell like cinnamon! 

dehydrated string of pearls
Before watering. After watering.
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Variegatedvariegated A naturally occurring or viral induced mutation, which appears as stripes or whole sections of tissue that are without chlorophyll. Variegated varieties are often prized for the attractiveness of the markings caused by the mutation. String of Pearls
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Senecio scaposus

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Senecio scaposus Care Guide

Growing Season:

Winter

Dormant Season:

Summer

Common Name: 'Silver Coral'

About Senecio scaposus

Senecio scaposus is definitely a unique looking succulent with its long, finger shaped upright leaves with a thin, wooly covering. The leaves may shed this felted covering as they get older and is an adaptation that prevents overheating and sunburn.  

The natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. of the stemless Senecio scaposus is on the ledges of sandstone cliffs, on steep rocky hills and along dry river valleys in South Africa. It can handle a little more water than other succulents, but is fine in longer periods of drought as well. 

Senecio scaposus looks great in small containers as it doesn’t get very big. Spring is the best time to take stem cuttings. 

Senecio scaposus, like others in the genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name Senecio, is toxic and should not be ingested.

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Senecio mandraliscae

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Senecio mandraliscae Care Guide

Growing Season:

Winter

Dormant Season:

Summer

Common Name: 'Blue Chalk Sticks'

About Senecio mandraliscae

Senecio mandraliscae is more commonly known as ‘Blue Chalk Sticks.’ It is an excellent groundcover as it spreads quickly. It looks great in rock gardens. 

Senecio mandraliscae needs full sunfull sun direct sunlight for at least 8 hours of the day and can handle it all day. If grown indoors, it will almost certainly etiolate unless you have a very strong grow light. 

It grows quickly in the fall and spring, so these would be the best times to take cuttings. Be careful when taking cuttings, though, as the sap is toxic and can be irritating to the skin and should not be ingested either. White dandelion-like flowers bloom in the summer months. 

If you live in a very humid area, be sure to amendamendment Material added to a soil to improve its physical properties which create a healthier environment for the roots your soil heavily with inorganicinorganic not consisting of or deriving from living matter amendmentamendment Material added to a soil to improve its physical properties which create a healthier environment for the roots as Senecio mandraliscae doesn’t like much humidity. 

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