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Curio articulatus f. variegatus (Variegated Candle Plant)

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Scientific Name

Curio articulatus f. variegatus P.V.Heath

Accepted Scientific Name

Curio articulatus (L.) P.V.Heath

Common Names

Variegated Candle Plant

Synonyms

Curio articulatus 'Candlelight', Curio articulatus 'Variegatus', Senecio articulatus f. folia rubra, Senecio articulatus f. variegatus, Senecio articulatus 'Candlelight', Senecio articulatus 'Variegatus'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Curio

Origin

This succulent is a variegated form of Curio articulatus.

Description

Curio articulatus f. variegatus, formerly known as Senecio articulatus f. variegatus, is a colorful succulent with segmented sausage-shaped stems and green leaves with lovely creamy-white, pink or purple tones. The stems segments are fleshy, grey-green with markings of darker green or purple, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter. It loses its leaves and goes dormant in summer. Flowers are white and appear in small corymbs, usually in winter.

This form was named and distributed by Gordon Rowley as Senecio articulatus 'Candlelight'.

Photo by Kath Carter

How to Grow and Care

Light: Keep Curio plants in partial shade if outdoors, which is their preference in summer, and bright sunlight if indoors. They will grow in full shade but will become lank and leggy.

Soil: These plants prefer well-draining soil. For growing Curio indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.

Hardiness: Curio articulatus f. variegatus can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: Curio plants are drought tolerant, but the soil should never be left dry for too long. They do need some water during the growing season but be careful not to leave the soil wet for prolonged periods.

Fertilizing: The members of this genus can take a bit more fertilizer than other succulents if you want them to grow fast.

Repotting: You do not need to repot Curio plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.

Propagation: These plants can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

Toxicity: Curio plants are toxic. Grow them with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Curio.

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