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Senecio mandraliscae is a spreading succulent belonging to the family Asteraceae. It is widely grown in South Africa for its alluring shape and the pretty colour of its foliages. It blooms tiny white flowers during summer and has silvery-blue, finger-like leaves.
The Senecio mandraliscae is famously known as the Blue chalk stick plant. It hails from the Asteraceae family.
The Blue chalk stick is widely cultivated in South Africa.
It is widely cultivated as it serves as a border plant in gardens and as a trailing plant in containers and hanging baskets.
The Senecio requires low maintenance and can tolerate extremes of temperature and lack of water.
The Senecio mandraliscae is a winter grower and summer dormant.
The plant should be cut back in the late summer.
It easily propagates through stem cuttings and can be also grown by sowing seeds.
The senecio mandraliscae can grow up to a maximum height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimetres) and a width of 2 to 3 ft (60 to 90 centimetres).
The blue chalk stick plant should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
The plant also grows well when it is placed in a region that receives partial shade.
The plant has minimum water requirements. It can survive a prolonged period of drought.
Water soluble fertiliser having equal proportion of N, P and K should be applied to the senecio mandraliscae.
The plant should be fertilised during the onset of spring.
It must be taken care that the plant is not over fertilised as it may lead to the production of weak and lush growth that is prone to winter damage.
The plaint should be abstained from fertilising during autumn.
The senecio mandraliscae has been used in gardens as a border plant for generations.
It is mainly cultivated in rock gardens, succulent gardens and Mediterranean gardens.
The blue chalk stick plant is considered perfect to be grown in containers where floral arrangements can be created.