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A picture of a Snake Ragwort

Snake Ragwort

Curio repens

Photo by Cobi Calyx (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

More images of Snake Ragwort

Some blue green chalkstick Curio repens plants in a garden
A close up of some green blue succulent leaves on a Curio repens plant
A close up of a Curio repens flower previously known as Senecio serpens

Snake Ragwort Overview

Curio repens was previously known as Senecio serpens and it is commonly called Snake Ragwort. Snake Ragwort originates from the Cape Provinces of South Africa, where it grows naturally in bright sunlight. The blue-green colouration acts to reflect light and functions as a screen for the plant. Curio repens is a succulent perennial also known by the name Blue Chalkstick. The fleshy, finger-shaped leaves are evergreen, silvery blue-green in colour and the succulent leaves are arranged oppositely. Flowers are small and white or yellow, these are produced in the summer. It has a spreading habit and typically forms short, dense mats. Snake Ragwort may be used as groundcover in mild climates, it's half-hardy and can cope with temperatures as low as -7 degrees Celcius. Curio repens is a good choice for planting in a rock or succulent garden and a water-wise choice as it can survive periods of dry weather. It is also popular as a houseplant. Growing well in dry, sandy soil that readily drains, in full or partial sun.

How to propagate Snake Ragwort

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Snake Ragwort

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Ground cover

Attractive leaves