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Senecio serpens - Blue Chalksticks
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Kleinia repens, Senecio ficoides]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks) - A small succulent that hugs the ground, branching from the base, suckering from roots and rooting along the stems. The prostrate stems hold short powdery 1 to 2 inch long blue-green finger-like fleshy leaves. Small white flowers in few flowered corymbs rise just above the foliage summer through fall. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Requires little water. Hardy to around 20 F. This plant is a great small scale groundcover and while similar to the more common Senecio mandraliscae, it grows a bit tidier and lower, has smaller leaves and is far less vigorous. This plant comes from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and was first introduced into cultivation in 1710. The name Senecio comes from the Latin word 'senex' meaning "old" or "old man" in reference to its downy head of seeds and the specific epithet means "creeping". This plant is much smaller and slower growing than the similarly colored and more vigorous Senecio mandraliscaeThe information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Senecio serpens.