Senecio cylindricus (Narrow-leaf Chalk Sticks) is a succulent shrub that grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall and spreads up to 5 feet (1.5…
Succulent blue chalksticks is a quietly creeping plant that will hug the ground at the front of a border or on a sunny slope. Easy to grow and well-behaved in a sunny, warm spot, its evergreen blue-gray foliage will be an attractive complement to salvias and other purple perennials.
Do not worry of fertilizing the blue chalk plant in general. Occasional light addition of some compost to the soil surface provides just enough nutrients to keep new growth and leaves firm and colorful. Excessive fertilization causes very fast growth in summer, leading to leggy and floppy plants. Fertilize only in spring and summer, never in winter.
Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” is a great succulent to add to a container garden. It is deer resistant and great as ground cover. Be aware that if you are planting outdoors, it can spread quickly and be considered by some to be a nuisance.
Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
“Blue Chalk Fingers” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does best in full sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Senecio vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” is a prolific propagator, and easily propagated from stem cuttings.
Please keep in mind Senecio vitalis can be toxic. Take precautions when handling this succulent.
To remove a stem for propagation, wear nitrile dipped gloves and, using a sharp knife, cut a stem near the base of the plant.
Allow the end of the stem to callous over for several days before placing in well-draining soil.