There are more than 1,000 varieties of senecio plants, and about 100 are succulents. These tough, interesting plants may be trailing, spreading groundcovers or large shrubby plants.
Accordingly, how do you identify Senecio?
Succulents in the genus Senecio have flowers that are daisylike and yellow, or red-orange puffs. Blooms dry into dandelion-like tufts. Leaves range from sky blue through shades of green. Some senecios are whitish, and at least one (Senecio jacobsenii) blushes purple-pink.
Keeping this in consideration, is string of dolphins rare?
String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) is a rare, adorable and almost impossible to find succulent! This plant has a beautiful draping habit that will look amazing in a mixed container or a hanging basket. The chalky blue dolphin shaped leaves make this a truly unique plant!
How big does Senecio grow?
This slow-growing plant can grow to be 3′ feet high and 3′ feet wide. Typically, it stays a bit shorter and a height of about one foot is common. The plant has a spreading, rambling, clump-forming growth habit. It branches from the base and roots along the stems making it an excellent succulent groundcover.
Cut back branches to a joint with a stem that is concealed within the mound of foliage as the plant matures to avoid sparse, lanky branches. Remove the plant material at a joint with a stem, so you don’t leave stubs that can die back and invite disease.
Here are some of the plant characteristics to look for when identifying succulents:
- Leaf – shape, size and thickness.
- Color – of leaves, flowers or stems.
- Markings or bumps on the leaves.
- Flower – shape, color, number of blooms and petals.
- Stem – color, texture, length.
- Ciliate hairs.
- Epicuticular wax.
- Spikes, spines or smooth.
Senecio rowleyanus is a flowering perennial succulent that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Native to the dry regions of southwestern Africa, these succulent vines grow in shady areas, protected by rocks and tall plants and root whenever their stems touch the ground.
Established Senecios are extremely drought tolerant. They need some water during the summer but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished.