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Senecio Serpens - Plant

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Senecio serpens or blue chalk sticks is a species of the genus Senecio and dwarf shrub from the family Asteraceae.
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Description for Senecio Serpens

It is indigenous to southern Africa. It needs little water, and is thus one of the many plants suggested for cultivation.

Senecio serpens is a small, evergreen, succulent perennial, branching from the base and rooting along the stems, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 40 inches (1 m) wide. The prostrate stems hold short, sub-cylindrical, powdery blue-grey to blue-green finger-like fleshy leaves. The small flowers are white in color.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Blue ChalksticksWhiteEarly JulyUp to 1 footEasy to grow

Planting and care

  • Senecio serpens is a small succulent that hugs the ground, branching from the base and rooting along the stems.
  • This ground cover is one of the most valuable landscaping succulents. Forming a dense rippling mat of compact silver-blue leaves.
  • Senecio serpens grow up to 30 cm tall, 60 cm in diameter.
  • Blooms in Spring with fragrant spongy creamy yellow flowers.
  • Great container or garden plant for full sun to partial shade.
  • Senecio serpens is drought tolerant in the ground once established.

    Full Sun to Partial ShadeWell-drained soilMedium70 degrees FApply any organic fertilizer

    Caring for Senecio Serpens

    • Established plants are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods.
    • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in the winter, when they are somewhat dormant.
    • Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished.
    • Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.
    • Taller varieties can get floppy.
    • You can prune them back to where the stem is firm, in very early spring.
    • You can even root the cuttings. Plants can be divided or repotted in early spring.
    • If you are growing them in containers, they enjoy spending the summer outdoors.
  • Typical uses of Senecio Serpens

    Special features: Senecio serpens is a small succulent that hugs the ground, branching from the base and rooting along the stems.This ground cover is one of the most valuable landscaping succulents. Forming a dense rippling mat of compact silver-blue leaves.

    Culinary use: NA

    Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose. The plant is used as a ground cover in arid areas. But mostly it is grown as a potted plant subject. It's chalk-blue foliage is attractive.

    Medicinal use: NA


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