Curio crassulifolius

Water Needs

low; drought hardy; water wise

Curio crassulifolius
Succulent
Blue Chalk Sticks; Blue Fingers

15 - 30 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

light

Flowers

white, cream, sometimes yellow, from; winter summer

sun; rockery gravel gardens; walls; roof gardens; slope bank; paving; container; windy exposed; wildlife bees butterflies insects

Garden Situation

Habitat

rocky places; fynbos; hot dry; coastal eastern cape; urban streets

Region

thicket; western cape; succulent karoo

Rain Season

Winter; summer

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Description

The most valuable feature of this succulent is the leaf colour – there are few, if any, other plants supporting this blue-grey hue, which, when mixed with the variety of succulents available in SA, boosts the design to a new level. Growth form is low-growing and mat-forming, and the blue fingers curve upwards and gently inwards and taper to a point. These cluster together, growing from a strong, branching stem. Tiny flower heads show at the tips of slender, branching stalks from late winter onwards, in shades of white, cream, and sometimes yellow. Many gardeners prune them off as they can be untidy, but they do provide some nectar and pollen to myriad insects. Curio is low-maintenance, looks good year-round, is an excellent groundcover for coastal gardens, and to cover extensive areas with well-draining soils. Use this succulent in rockeries mixed with other succulents. It looks especially good when combined with orange, red and yellow flowering species like aloes. Make sure you plant it where there is good airflow to prevent stems rotting. Seeds are fine, and light and wind dispersed.

Curio crassulifolius
Curio crassulifolius