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Senecio mandraliscae - Blue Chalksticks

Senecio mandraliscae - Blue Chalksticks


Blue Chalksticks (Senecio mandraliscae) (also known as Senecio talinoides mandraliscae): The blue foliage has an outstanding quality of color that is matched by few plants. Long, curved 3.0" - 4.0" leaves give this plant a marine look. It makes a good contrast against other succulents in the garden and is an excellent ground cover. It is commonly used in landscaping projects in Mediterranean climates, but also makes a colorful addition to indoor arrangements near a sunny window.

Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.

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