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Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks*

Senecio vitalis

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Narrow-Leaf  Blue Chalksticks (Senecio vitalis) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Narrow-Leaf  Blue Chalksticks (Senecio vitalis) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks in bloom

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Narrow-Leaf  Blue Chalksticks (Senecio vitalis) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks flowers

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  syn Senecio cylindricus, Senecio talinoides

Description:

An interesting and beautiful succulent variety producing narrow blue-gray, finger like foliage that reaches upward; a perfect accent in rock gardens, containers, or massed as a medium height groundcover

Ornamental Features

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks's attractive succulent narrow leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning powder blue in colour the rest of the year. It features dainty corymbs of creamy white flowers held atop the stems from mid spring to mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Narrow-Leaf Blue Chalksticks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features