Senecio Radicans

Synonyms:

Cacalia radicans
Kleinia adenocalyx
Kleinia radicans
Senecio adenocalyx
Senecio gonocladus
Curio radicans
Senecio rhopalodenia

Habitat:

The Senecio radicans is native to South Africa, grows in the rocky desert areas of the Little Karoo in the Eastern Cape. Its succulent tissues help to conserve moisture, rending it well-adapted for the dry hot conditions characteristic of the native area.

Description:

This succulent is a fast growing plant. The stems are lined with banana-shaped leaves. The stems can hang up to 90 cm. long.
Leaves are fleshy, glossy, green which translucent lines on either side and up to 3 cm. long.
The flower are small cinnamon-scented and white in color. Usually blooms in late winter or early spring. The inflorescences consist of cluster of many small flowers on a common receptacle.

Cultivation:

Senecio radicans is extremely drought tolerant. Choose a position with some filtered shade, avoid intense afternoon sun in summer.
If you prefer to cultivate indoor we recommend to choose a spot in a warm room with a south-facing window.
Is not cold hardy plant, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.
S. radicans needs water regularly during the growing season in spring and summer but remember to allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering frequency during winter months and water only if the soil is completely dry.
This plant prefer well draining soil, we suggest to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.
Fertilizing the plant once a year

Propagation:

Senecio radicans can be grown from seeds or cutting. Seeds need warm temperatures and constant moisture to germinate.
If you prefer cutting remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing in well-draining soil.

Curiosity:

The name “Radicans” comes from the Latin verb “radico” means rooting or taking root and refers to the stems which root along their length.
The common name is String of Bananas because the shape of leaves.
Senecio radicans is a toxic plant.

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