Kleinia pendula (Forssk.) DC.
Inch Worm, Inchworm Plant, Tapeworm Plant
Senecio pendulus, Cacalia pendula, Kleinia subulifolia, Monadenium subulifolium, Notonia pendula, Notonia trachycarpa, Notonia trachycarpa, Senecio gunnisii
Kleinia pendula, also known as Senecio pendulus, is a creeping succulent with green patterned stems and showy red flowers. The stems are brittle, jointed, variable in size and shape, rough from persistent dried leaves, and arch over and touch the soil where they reroot and send out new stems. They are waxy green to bronze-green with white dots and darker purple arrowhead markings. The joints are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter. Leaves are scale-like and up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) long, shriveling quickly but persisting for a while as pseudo-thorns.
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 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 the 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, around 55 °F (13 °C), and constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, early spring to fall. Root in sandy soil, in containers.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Senecio.
This species is native to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Yemen.
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