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Senecio crassissimus

Description

Fleshy blue-green leaves with purple margins are flat so they can change direction and never had a flat surface that faces the sun.  This serves them well in the sweltering heat of Madagascar where they are endemic..  These flat leaves almost resemble propellers on a prop plane.  It is not cold hardy so must be grown in a container and brought in for the winter.  Drought tolerant once established but it needs excellent drainage.

Cultivars:
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#purple#houseplant#variegated#drought tolerant#container plant#succulent#silver leaves#fleshy leaves#showy leaves#interiorscape#low maintenance#interesting leaves#contrast#rock garden#blue green#dramatic#unusual leaves
Cultivars:
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#purple#houseplant#variegated#drought tolerant#container plant#succulent#silver leaves#fleshy leaves#showy leaves#interiorscape#low maintenance#interesting leaves#contrast#rock garden#blue green#dramatic#unusual leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Senecio
    Species:
    crassissimus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madagascar
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Succulent
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Yellow daisy-like flowers appear on stalks up to 2' tall in mid to late summer until autumn.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Vertical position, flat, pointed tips, vibrant purple outline on fleshy blue-green leaves with a waxy coating. Color fades in the shade.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Thick, erect and greenish-purple with leaf scars below
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity