Drought Tolerant and Strikingly Different Succulents

Senecio is a wide and varied genus, most with succulent leaves and daisy like flowers, but there are some that are more like a garden perennial, and you would be hard pressed to see the similarity between them.


They are all over the map as far as appearance, some have chubby sausage like stems, with leaves that look just like ivy or fat maple leaves. Others are slender and cylindrical.

Some are even more disguised, but one thing they have in common is a flower that looks like a skinny daisy.

Senecio oxyriifolius subsp. tropaeolofolius

Many have slender, pointed succulent leaves, like Senecio mandraliscae and S. serpens. These types generally have a lot of white waxy ‘bloom’ or pruinose as a protective sunscreen.

Senecio stapeliformis – looks like (formed like) Stapelia

Others look like little vines with tiny green peas or even banana shaped foliage. There’s something for everyone.

Senecio cv ‘Elkhorns’

As an added bonus, some of them have quite aromatic sap, which smells a bit like some kinds of conifers, but nicer. It’s more resiny, and very appealing.

The flowers of some species are spicy scented.

Senecio serpens – Blue Chalk Sticks

They are tough, reliable and hard to kill. Learning how to prune them is important, because if you aren’t ruthless enough, they just keep producing one long gangly stalk.

Senecio kleiniformis

Add some of the Senecio genus to your collection – they’re fun, easy to grow and propagate, and lovely, in bloom and out.

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Can you identify this plant please?
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Senecio stapeliformis
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Senecio barbetonicus
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Succulent with tentacle-like arms growing around stalk
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Succulent clusters
Small clusters of frosted grey-green leaves.


Looks like donkey’s tail
A trailing succulent with meaty upturning leaves.


What have we done?!?
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Some type of sinuosus?
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Please! What is it?
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Fat long sectional arms..
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looks like a succulent (?)
Hello, please help me to identify my plant (succulent?). It has weird shape (I would say – palmate) leaves and the veins are light green on a bright green …


viney succulent that looks like green beans or sweet peas
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Succulent with long spindle like leaves
I bought the plant in NY. It is in a small pot and has very long spider-like “leaves” on it. They all branch out in different directions. It is a light …


Please help ID this looks like ivy in succulent basket!
Green leaves in with a succulent basket at Home Depot The leaves look like IVY. What is this please help?? Those do look like ivy, or Hedera helix, …


Belgian Nurseries find
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Plant sitting
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Green leaves grow from center ending in spoon/sword shape
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fat fleshy green stems, lobed leaves and has just made smelly flowers
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Blue green long sticks (but not blue chalk sticks…?)
Looks like “Blue Chalk Sticks” but does not grow as they do. In less than a year, these 4 stalks have grown this large from about 5″. They started to …


spear shaped leaves
About four inches tall with a greenish purple stem and one and a half inch long spear shaped leaves. The plant was free but it didn’t have a name. In …


From a garden nursery…
Two years in a row this garden nursery has had this succulent and I really like it. It never flowered, just grew taller, but gave my planter an exotic …


Small round “peas” on threadlike vines!
Just as above…small round “peas” on threadlike vines! What is this?? I love this little plant!