Curio talinoides (DC.) P. V. Heath
Blue Chalk Sticks, Blue Fingers, Blue Ice Plant, Blue Senecio, Blue Straws, Narrow-leaf Chalk Sticks
Curio talinoides var. talinoides, Kleinia cylindrica, Kleinia spiculosa, Kleinia talinoides, Kleinia talinoides subsp. cylindricus, Senecio cylindricus, Senecio spiculosus, Senecio talinoides, Senecio talinoides subsp. cylindricus, Senecio talinoides subsp. talinoides, Senecio vitalis
This species is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).
Curio talinoides, formerly known as Senecio talinoides, is a small succulent shrub with narrow blue-green leaves. It grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and spreads up to 3 feet (90 cm) wide. Leaves are upright, slightly upcurved, pointed, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter. Stems are erect at first, becoming procumbent, and often root at the nodes when they touch the ground. Flowers are white, held in corymbs, and appear at the ends of the stems in spring.
The specific epithet "talinoides (tal-IN-oh-id-eez)" means "resembling Talinum" and refers to the likeness of the species to members of the genus Talinum. It is a compound of two words, the generic name "Talinum" and the Latin suffix "-oides," meaning "looks like" or "similar to."
How to Grow and Care for Curio talinoides
Light: Keep your C. talinoides 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 indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.
Hardiness: C. talinoides 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 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
C. talinoides is a toxic plant. Grow it with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.
Varieties and Cultivars of Curio talinoides
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