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Curio ficoides 'Mount Everest' (Skyscraper Senecio)

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Scientific Name

Curio ficoides 'Mount Everest'

Common Names

Skyscraper Senecio

Synonyms

Curio 'Mount Everest', Senecio ficoides 'Mount Everest', Senecio 'Mount Everest', Senecio 'Skyscraper'

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This cultivar is selected by Lammert Koning in 2004 at Paterswolde in Holland. It is patented in 2011 with the name Senecio ficoides 'Mount Everest'.

Description

Curio ficoides 'Mount Everest', formerly known as Senecio ficoides 'Mount Everest', is an attractive succulent with upright stems that bear blue-green leaves covered with a waxy coating. It branches at the base and grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall with a spread of 2 feet (60 cm). Leaves are fleshy, flattened, and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. Flower heads are white and produced at the ends of the stems.

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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 ficoides 'Mount Everest' can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9a 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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