This one is getting too big, but what is it?

socksJuly 15, 2014

Bought a small succulent, perfect for the pot. Not so perfect now as it's getting too large. I'm considering putting it in the ground but since it had no tag, I'm not sure of the light requirements. Can anyone ID it for me so I can research a little? I have a close up of the leaf if it's needed. The leaves have a "seam" lengthwise, kind of like a green bean (but it's not a pod with seeds inside).

Thank you.

This post was edited by socks12345 on Tue, Jul 15, 14 at 13:09

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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Senecio barbertonicus, I think.

-Ming

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 2:12PM
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PaulaZ

Looks like chalk sticks to me

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 2:13PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I think S. barbertonicus has fatter leaves. Chalk Sticks (common name) can mean different plants to different people.

I believe your plant is Senecio 'Himalaya'. There have been several discussions over the past years that I can recall. It was confusing to us all. FYI, if you're interested, that "seam" you referred to (more like a window slit to me--you can see through it) points me to a Senecio ID. BUT...it is such a HUGE genus...it is, at times, daunting to figure out IDs.

Sun or part shade, I think. You can Google the name for care requirements.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:50PM
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socks

OK, thanks. I looked at the photos and they look like my plant. Have you grown one, Roesmariero? Apparently they go to 3-4', and I'm wondering if it's a floppy plant or if it stands up well on its own like a shrub. I'm thinking of putting it under a window with morning sun.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 8:55PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I (think) I have one, but it has gone through a LONG period of severe neglect, so barely hanging on. (Very sad!) I used to have several-but all small in pots.

I am in the process of PIG in my front yard. (Plant in Ground) Hoping that one makes the cut. I think it will be like a small sub-shrub. What you have in mind sounds like the perfect place for it! Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 9:53PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Ah, I hasn't heard of 'Himalaya' and then I saw another one in the same Senecio neighborhood I also didn't know today: S. vitalis. Good to know!

-Ming

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:34PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I PIGed mine and it died in a cold front. DG said it had some cold hardiness, welllll, not as much as it says, maybe if it is if bone dry. Win some loose some, no, loose lots.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:19PM
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socks

I happened to see the plant I have in a nursery today. It was identified as "senecio barbetonicum." I haven't found anything about it in my cactus/succulent book or on line. Would this be a full sun plant? My zone gets hot in summer (99 next weekend) occasional freezes in the winter.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 7:51PM
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bouldergrower

I have been using this Encyclopedia lately and it is quite good:

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Asteraceae/27709/Senecio_barbertonicus

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 11:28PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

It looks like Senecio barbertonicus to me. I had that plant for 6 or 7 years and it got about 6' tall. I think I would have gotten taller but I hacked it back several times. Full sun. Mine got zero water, but I'm coastal.

It has the virtue of staying really green with zero water, but the flowers are awful and need to be cut off after they are finished. It was swallowing one of my Agaves so I finally pulled it out. Easy to root from a cutting.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 11:38PM
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socks

Ok, very good! Thanks to you both for the info. I'll check out that encyclopedia.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 9:42AM
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