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Senecio jacobsenii

Trailing Jade

This trailing succulent has green oval leaves which grow overlapping on a thick, green stem. As it grows, it begins to trail, making it ideal for hanging pots or ground cover. “Trailing Jade” rarely blooms. However, when it does, it produces orange flowers.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 4′ (1.2 m) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings and seeds

  • Not generally toxic to people and pets

  • Summer dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Senecio jacobsenii "Trailing Jade"

Senecio jacobsenii "Trailing Jade" grows well in pots, container gardens, or on its own in a hanging basket. It adds "spiller" to succulent arrangements when the stems grow long and begin to trail.

It can also be used as ground cover in rock gardens.


Senecio jacobsenii has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

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Where to Plant

This Senecio is not cold hardy; if growing in an area that gets colder than 30°F (-1.1°C), be sure to bring it indoors for the winter months.

Bright sunlight is needed to prevent stretching. If grown indoors, place under a grow light or near a sunny window.

How to Propagate Senecio jacobsenii "Trailing Jade"

Senecio jacobsenii "Trailing Jade" can be propagated from cuttings or seeds.


To grow this Senecio from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


Sow your seeds “Trailing Jade” seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow your seeds outdoors if you live in a zone above 10a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

Commonly Mistaken For

Because of its name, this succulent is often confused with a Crassula ovata "Jade". 

Also Known As

This succulent has recently been reclassified as Kleinia petraea.

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