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Senecio vitalis

Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks

This blue-green “filler” succulent is perfect for container gardens. It grows tall, adding height and texture to your arrangements. It propagates easily, so if growing outdoors be aware of where you’re planting. Watch for white blossoms in the spring.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 2′ (61 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide

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

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”

Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” is a great succulent to add to a container garden. It is deer resistant and great as ground cover. Be aware that if you are planting outdoors, it can spread quickly and be considered by some to be a nuisance.

Watering

Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” 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.

Where to Plant

“Blue Chalk Fingers” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does best in full sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”

Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” is a prolific propagator, and easily propagated from stem cuttings.

Please keep in mind Senecio vitalis can be toxic. Take precautions when handling this succulent.

To remove a stem for propagation, wear nitrile dipped gloves and, using a sharp knife, cut a stem near the base of the plant.

Allow the end of the stem to callous over for several days before placing in well-draining soil.

Commonly Mistaken For

Senecio serpens “Blue Chalksticks”