Senecio vitalis: How to Grow and Care for Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks

Senecio vitalis Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks

Scientific name: Senecio vitalis

Common name: Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks

The blue-green “filler” Succulent is perfect for container gardens. It adds height and texture to your arrangements. If you are growing outdoors, be aware of where you are planting. There are white blossoms in the spring.

Quick Look at Senecio vitalis

  • 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

General Care for Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”

Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” is a great plant to add to a container garden. It is deer resistant and a great ground cover. If you plant outdoors, it can spread quickly and be considered a nuisance by some.


Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” has typical watering needs. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F (- 1.1 C), it’s best to plant the blue chalk fingers in a container that can be brought indoors. It does best in the full sun. There is 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 propagator that is easy to grow from stem cuttings.

Senecio vitalis can be toxic. Take precautions when handling this plant.

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

Allow the end of the stem to be calloused for a few days before placing it in well-draining soil.

Commonly Mistaken For

Senecio serpens.


  1. Senecio vitalis (Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks) – Wikipedia

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