Senecio Barbertonicus, the more green of the two, is native to Southern Africa and found in a number of states. All of which have similar climates of being hot and dry, having occasional summer rain, long periods of drought, and temperatures near freezing through the winter. Senecio Vitalis, the more blue of the two, is native to an area of South Africa that is a transition between two climate changes. One receives winter rain, the other summer, because of this the plant responds exceptionally well with summer irrigation, but can also tolerate a good amount of water in the winter if in a well draining soil. Barbertonicus and Vitalis are both members of the “finger leaved” senecio’s and amongst the largest. Unlike the sprawling “Blue Chalksticks”, Senecio Mandraliscae, they grow upright, 3’+, and are more shrub like in nature than ground cover. Both varieties are great for medium height in a landscape, or as an upright plant in a container.

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