Curio cicatricosus (Sch.Bip.) P.V.Heath
Kleinia breviscapa, Kleinia subradiata, Senecio breviscapus, Senecio cicatricosus, Senecio subradiatus
This species is native to South Africa (Cape Provinces).
Curio cicatricosus, formerly known as Senecio cicatricosus, is a small succulent shrub with a very short stem and narrow leaves crowded at the tip of the stem. The leaves are fleshy, smooth, somewhat cylindrical, often incurved, pointed, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. They are gray-green to blue-green with translucent longitudinal stripes. Flowers are white, held in clusters of up to 4 capitula, and appear at the ends of short stems in spring. The capitula are 0.4 inches (1 cm) long with a diameter equal to the length.
The specific epithet "cicatricosus (kee-kuh-tre-KO-sus)" is a Latin adjective meaning "covered with scars" or "scarred" and probably refers to the leaves with longitudinal stripes.
How to Grow and Care for Curio cicatricosus
Light: Keep your C. cicatricosus in partial shade if outdoors and bright sunlight if indoors. Avoid intense afternoon sun in summer. It will grow in full shade but will become lank and leggy.
Soil: As with most succulents, this plant prefers a well-draining soil mix. For growing C. cicatricosus indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.
Hardiness: C. cicatricosus can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b. The plant will not survive consistent temperatures below freezing.
Watering: Water regularly during the growing season, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant is drought tolerant, but the soil should never be left dry for too long. Reduce watering frequency during the winter months. Water only if the soil is completely dry.
Fertilizing: C. cicatricosus can take a bit more fertilizer than other succulents if you want it to grow fast. Feed your plant once a year with a dilute solution of a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer in summer.
Repotting: You do not need to repot this plant often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.
Propagation: This plant can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Seeds need warm temperatures or using seed warmer and constant moisture to germinate. Take cuttings during the spring and summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Curio.
Toxicity of Curio cicatricosus
C. cicatricosus is a toxic plant. Grow it with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.
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