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Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Blue Chalk Sticks)

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Scientific Name

Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Tineo) P. V. Heath

Common Names

Blue Chalk Sticks, Blue Stick Succulent, Blue Finger

Synonyms

Senecio talinoides var. mandraliscae, Senecio mandraliscae, Kleinia mandraliscae

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae, formerly known as Senecio talinoides var. mandraliscae, is a spreading succulent, up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall, with up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, blue-gray, pencil-like and fleshy leaves. It forms a dense mat with leaves angled upward from the ground. The flowers are small, rayless, dull white and bloom in summer.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Established Senecios are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished. Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.

Taller varieties can get floppy. You can prune them back to where the stem is firm, in very early spring. You can even root the cuttings.

Plants can be divided or repotted in early spring. If you are growing them in containers, they enjoy spending the summer outdoors. Wait until there is no danger of frost and move them back indoors in the fall.

Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings. Seeds prefer warm temperatures and constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, from early spring to fall. Root in sandy soil, in containers… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Senecio

Origin

Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae is native to South Africa.

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