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Senecio articulatus (Candle Plant)

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Scientific Name

Senecio articulatus (L.f.) Sch.Bip.

Common Names

Candle Plant, Hot Dog Cactus, Sausage Plant

Synonyms

Curio articulatus var. articulatus, Curio articulatus f. articulatus, Senecio articulatus f. articulatus, Cacalia acetosellifolia, Cacalia articularis, Cacalia articulata, Cacalia laciniata, Cacalia runcinata, Kleinia articulata

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Senecio articulatus is an evergreen perennial up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. It has pale grey-green, succulent stems with markings of darker green or purple, just below the petioles. The stems are tubular and jointed. If leaves do appear (approximately 50 % of the time), they are succulent, green on top, purplish below and usually divided into leaflets. It bear yellow flowerheads, approximately 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) across, borne in small corymbs.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Senecio.

Origin

Senecio articulatus is native to South Africa.

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