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Senecio serpens

“Blue Chalksticks”

This succulent is perfect for container gardens. If you live in an area that doesn’t experience freezing temperatures, this makes a great ground cover. When exposed to lots of sun and heat, the tips of this plant turn purple.

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Quick Look:
  • Plant in full sun

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Grows up to 36″ tall (30 cm to 91 cm) tall, and can spread out to 36″ wide (61 cm to 91 cm)

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagate from seeds or cuttings

  • Can be toxic to pets and humans

  • Actively grows during Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Senecio serpens “Blue Chalksticks”

Blue Chalksticks are perfect for container gardens, or use as a ground cover. Expect small white flowers in the summer months.

They should be planted in well-draining soil, and watered only when the soil is completely dry. They are also deer and rabbit resistant.

Fertilizing

You can fertilize “Chalksticks” once a year, but if you are growing them indoors, be sure they are getting plenty of sunlight. Too little and the plant can stretch.

Dormancy

Chalksticks grow more actively during warmer months. If your succulents are planted in containers and do not live in a warmer zone, bring them inside until the weather warms up again.

Pairs Well With

Chalksticks pair well with Aeoniums

How to Propagate Senecio serpens “Blue Chalksticks”

Blue Chalksticks can be propagated by cuttings or seeds.

Cuttings

To grow Chalksticks from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf 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.

Seeds

When growing Senecio serpens from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.

Helpful Information

If you are creating a fire-resistant landscape, Senecio serpens is a great succulent to consider.

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