Curio talinoides var. aizoides (DC.) P.V.Heath
Curio humbertii, Kleinia aizoidea, Kleinia aizoides, Kleinia humbertii, Senecio aizoides, Senecio humbertii, Senecio neohumbertii, Senecio talinoides subsp. aizoides
This variety is native to South Africa (south of Albertina in the Western Cape).
Curio talinoides var. aizoides, formerly known as Senecio talinoides subsp. aizoides, is a small shrubby succulent with very short stems and narrow fleshy leaves crowded at the tip of the stems. Leaves are upright, slightly upcurved, pointed, up to 3.5 inches (8.8 cm) long, and up to 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white, held in clusters of 2 to 8 capitula, and appear at the ends of the stems in spring. The capitula are 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long with a diameter equal to the length.
The varietal epithet "aizoides (ay-ZO-id-eez)" means "resembling Aizoon" and refers to the likeness of this variety to the members of the genus Aizoon. It is a compound of two words, the generic name "Aizoon" and the Latin suffix "-oides," meaning "looks like" or "similar to."
How to Grow and Care for Curio talinoides var. aizoides
Light: Keep your C. talinoides var. aizoides 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. talinoides var. aizoides indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.
Hardiness: C. talinoides var. aizoides 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. talinoides var. aizoides 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 talinoides var. aizoides
C. talinoides var. aizoides is a toxic plant. Grow it with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.
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