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Senecio mandraliscae - Kleinia

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae]
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Senecio mandraliscae (Kleinia) - Spreading succulent from South Africa that grows to 12 to 18 inches tall with 3 to 6 inch long blue gray pencil-like fleshy leaves and small rayless dull white flowers in mid-summer. Forms a dense mat with leaves angled upward from the ground. Drought tolerant but tolerates regular irrigation. Plant in full sun to light shade. Hardy to around 15 F. A great groundcover. Recent treatment of this plant in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew databases has the current name of this plant as Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Tineo) P.V.Heath but in the most current written reference we have available, The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Dicotyledons edited by Urs Eggli (2002), the contributor for this section, Gordon Rowley, lists Senecio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Tenio) G.D. Rowley as the correct name but further notes that this is a "mysterious taxon, probably a hybrid". Since this plant has long been in the California nursery trade as Senecio mandraliscae, we continue to use this name until such time as the newer names become better recognized. The genus name Curio means "to lean" in reference to several related species with a leaning or decumbent habit. We also have a hybrid of this plant created by John Bleck that we call 'Jolly Gray' that was the result of a cross between it and Senecio talinoides var. aizoides. Another name commonly used for this plant is chalk sticks. This plant is sometimes confused with the much smaller and less vigorous Senecio serpens The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Senecio mandraliscae.