Senecio stapeliiformis Pickle Plant care and propagation informationPin

Senecio stapeliiformis

Pickle Plant, Candlestick Plant

This blue-green succulent has slender cylindrical stems with soft spine on the sides. It is a quick grower, but susceptible to scale and fungal infections. Watch for red-orange flowers in the summer.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to bright indoor light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall

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

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings and seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets

  • Winter dormant

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Senecio stapeliiformis "Pickle Plant"

Senecio stapeliiformis "Pickle Plant" grows well in rock gardens. As it grows tall, it can begin to spill over. It has been reported to be deer resistant.


Senecio stapeliiformis 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.

Be careful not to overwater.

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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 stapeliiformis "Pickle Plant"

Senecio stapeliiformis "Pickle Plant" 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 “Pickle Plant” 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.

Also Known As

This succulent has recently been reclassified as Kleinia petraea.

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