Curio Species, Blue Chalk Sticks, Blue Finger, Bluefinger, Blue Stick Succulent

Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Curio
Species: talinoides var. mandraliscae
Synonym:Kleinia mandraliscae
Synonym:Senecio talinoides subsp. mandraliscae
Synonym:Senecio mandraliscae
Synonym:Senecio talinoides subsp. mandraliscae



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona

Brea, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Hayward, California

Los Angeles, California(2 reports)

Pomona, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Sierra Madre, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida(2 reports)

Hobe Sound, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Houston, Texas

Portland, Texas

Redmond, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 5, 2012, SWFLgardner from Fort Myers, FL wrote:

Compared to the short blue chalk sticks (Serpens I think), these seem to handle the SWFL climate a little better, as in, they dont rot quickly in the summer.

For 8 months of the year, these grow wonderfully, but they seem to hate the rainy season (June-September), where it t-storms with heavy downpours about 5 days a week. Also, the humidity is extremely high. If not under a roof, they will slowly drop all of their leaves from the constant moisture. If the drainage is good enough however, the stems will remain healthy and sprout new growth when the rains stop. Great plant, just not for a tropical climate.


On Mar 22, 2011, luckyellen from Omaha, NE wrote:

Bought at nursery. Tag says" performs best using a high nitrogen fertilizer.""Plant in rich,well drained potting soil." "Zone 10" "Senecio talinoids mandris" Blue. Full Sun.
6-10" wide, 8-12" high. Just bought today 3-23-11. Will follow up as I care for it. Just beautiful.Came from:


On Oct 26, 2010, galxeris from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

These plants have been growing in my garden for over a year. To date, they have grown nicely, adding texture and color to my partially shaded succulent garden. I seldom water these. They seem to sprout additional fingerlings during the autumn cooler months and have tolerated 29 degree temperatures. I have transplanted these with success as well.


On Dec 5, 2009, boernesew from Fair Oaks Ranch,
United States wrote:

My friend has one and I love it. What I want to do is propagate it but am not sure how. Does anyone have good instructions for me? I live in San Antonio, TX so I can keep it outside most of the year.


On Jan 22, 2008, GranvilleSouth from (Zone 10a) wrote:

Succulent daisy. It grows a surprisingly attractive flower.


On Sep 3, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Where I live I have seen this plant growing in the sand dunes next to the beach where there is basicly no reasonable soil at all. It tolerates salt breeze and full sun and bone dry soil for most of the year. Very tough except somewhat frost sensitive but can survive through occasional frosts. pokerboy.


On Aug 23, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Easy to propagate from cuttings, great for dry ground cover, protect from frost, South African native.