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Senecio serpens G.D. Rowley

Blue chalksticks

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSenecioFrom senex, “old man,” referring to the gray hairs on the seeds

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This succulent is a native of South Africa, and is not found in the wild in North America. Gardeners in arid regions like them for ground cover.

Identification: Plants can reach 12" (30 cm) in height and 24-36" (60-91 cm) in diameter. Canoe- or banana-shaped succulent leaves 1-8" (2.5-20 cm) × ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) around are a light powdered blue or blue-green in color. Flowers are small, white, on short stalks.

Online References:

Senecio serpens on Desert-tropicals.com

Senecio serpens on PhytoImages

Senecio serpens on Flickr

Senecio serpens on CalPhotos

Senecio serpens on www.sedumphotos.net

Kleinia repens


Senecio serpens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Senecio serpens (blue chalksticks)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia

Range: Zones 9b-10:

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