Syn. Senecio crassulaefolius
Common name: Blue fingers
Native to: South Africa
A low-growing, mat-forming groundcover with upward-pointing cylindrical, bluish grey-green, succulent leaves that provides unusual foliage colour, texture and contrast in the garden; and it is easy-to-grow and propagate, and water-wise.
Curio crassulifolius is a sprawling, tufted, evergreen, succulent perennial, 150–300 mm high. The stems are smooth and hairless (glabrous). The leaves with a circular cross section (terete) to spindle-shaped (fusiform), 25–60 mm long and 4–8 mm wide, grey-blue-green, fleshy, cylindrical, pointing upwards and ending in a point (mucronate). They are arranged in dense clusters around the tips of the branched stems. The leaves are pruinose, which means that they are frosted with a white bloom. The flower heads are small, discoid, one or a few on slender, elongated flower stalks in late winter, spring and early summer (Aug.–Dec.). They are white to cream or sometimes yellow.
It is an easy-to-grow, fast-growing, mat forming, water-wise garden plant that is a useful ground cover for large areas.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Small, discoid, on one or a few slender stalks, white to cream and sometimes yellow.
Foliage: Evergreen, succulent smooth and hairless "fingers"
Growth habit: Spreawling, tufted
Hardiness: Very hardy and drought resistant - great for arid areas
Height: Up to 3 cm
Spread: Wide spreader
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils.
Uses: It is an easy-to-grow, fast-growing, mat forming, water-wise garden plant that is a useful ground cover for large areas.