Blue Chalk Sticks
Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Blue Chalk Sticks)
Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae (Blue Chalk Sticks), formerly known as Senecio talinoides var. mandraliscae or Senecio mandraliscae, is…
Great Design Plant: Blue Chalk Sticks
Heavy rains and prime growing conditions may be in the forecast for gardens across the country, to the delight of the gardeners everywhere. Yet every year, October still manages to be a season with devastating fires and drought for some parts of the country. Approach this challenge proactively by choosing to plant blue chalk sticks (Senecio mandraliscae). Not only is it an attractive drought tolerant solution, Senecio is also fire resistant — perfect for firewise landscaping.
The staff at Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture can’t get enough of the plant. “Senecio is one of our favorite plants to use. It adds structure and texture to any planting plan. It fills in large areas quickly, looks good year-round and only needs seasonal grooming to nip off the flower stalks. It’s not a fussy plant and will grow in a variety of soils. Best of all, it’s a low water user and perfect for our climate.”
Blue Chalksticks Guide: How to Grow & Care for “Senecio Serpens”
Blue Chalksticks is an evergreen alien-looking succulent native to South Africa, meaning it is drought-tolerant and appreciates sun and warmth. With its powdery blue foliage, Senecio Serpens will jazz up your garden and become the focal point in any dull corner of your house. Because it creates a good contrast against other plants in the garden, it makes the perfect ground cover.
Blue Chalksticks is commonly used in landscaping projects in warm climates. If you live in a cooler region, place it in a stylish container that you can take out during summer. When exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, the tips of its leaves turn purple. Pair it with other silver, blue, or purple plants to create an exotic garden that looks as it is from another planet.
Senecio Serpens is easy to grow and maintain, making it the ideal project for a beginner gardener. Its foliage has a dusted, powdery coating of epicuticular wax (farina), ergo the name Chalksticks. With its shag rug appearance, this succulent would look amazing in a rock garden, mixed succulent container arrangement, or as a border plant. Keep reading to find out more about how to care for this adorable dusty succulent.
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Blue Chalk Succulent Info
Attractive and easy to grow, this plant thrives happily in many landscapes and containers, reaching 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.) and forming a dense mat.
Growing blue chalk sticks as a ground cover is common in warmer areas. Various hybrids of the plant differ slightly in appearance and may perform differently in the landscape. Most varieties grow as an annual plant in places with cold winters, but might surprise you and return depending on the microclimate and the location in the landscape.
This interesting succulent grows in winter and is dormant in summer. Trailing blue fingers can cover a substantial area quickly, particularly in areas without frost and freeze. An excellent border plant, specimen for a rock garden, or for a cascading element in a succulent container arrangement, blue chalk plant care is simple too. In fact, care for Senecio blue chalk sticks is similar to that of many other succulent plants.