This succulent resembles the tail of a mermaid and draws people’s attention.
The Whale’s Tale, The Mermaid’s Tail, Blue Chalked Fingers are just a few of its nicknames.
Whatever you call it, the crested Senecio Vitalis looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. Among the keywords in the name of the plant is crested. Branches or stems cease to grow in a succulent that crests. As a result, it flattens out, and a structure that resembles a mermaid’s tail appears at the top.
With an average width of 3 to 5 feet and a height of 2 feet, the plants make a statement.
Despite this, the Senecio Vitalis is rare because succulents naturally form a tail shape, rather than being forced to do so.
As Miin Liew explains, her Senecio Vitalis crested because frostbite caused the leaves to become exfoliated.
Mermaid’s tails can also be grown easily like other succulents.
A forgetful gardener will find it ideal, as it can withstand droughts. Additionally, it prefers sunlight and soil that drains well.
This plant, originally from South Africa, is now grown all over the world in gardens and households.
There is, however, a relatively small supply of mermaid tails that you can shop for. Gardeners and plant stores might not be familiar with the name mermaid’s tail, given that Senecio Vitalis was recently nicknamed mermaid’s tail.
Plants like succulents are among the most playful in the world. Often, they look more like something else than a plant because of their bulbous leaves.
Whether it is heart-shaped buds, rabbits, or dolphins, succulents are constantly surprising us with the shapes they take on. The “mermaid tail” variety is a succulent that is sure to please succulent superfans. An aquatic fairytale-like plant, it has cactus-like paddles with spikey (yet soft) stalks.
Crested senecio vitalis.
Mermaid tail succulents are technically known as crested Senecio Vitalis. In South Africa, this variety is a variant of Senecio Vitalis, also known as narrow-leaf chalksticks succulents. Unlike other succulents, plants like this one can also be easily maintained. This plant grows well in sandy environments with light shade and can survive long periods without water (which is good if you forget to water it).
As mermaid tail succulents are natural mutations, it can be challenging to find them because humans can’t reproduce them. You’ll find the best prices on Etsy, where independent sellers price their items like collectors’ items.