Gather round, plant fanatics: Succulents that look like mermaid tails exist. Whether your whole house is ocean inspired or you just want a hint of fantasy, one of these plants will bring major underwater sea vibes into your home.
The magical plant—officially known as a crested Senecio vitalis—resembles a succulent and cactus mix and grows outward instead of toward a light source like most plants do, according to Gardenia. It usually grows 1 to 2 feet high and can reach a width of 3 to 5 feet, making it look like a mermaid or whale tail. The bluish-green color of the plant makes it a great addition to any neutral-colored or ocean-themed room.
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The crested Senecio vitalis is native to the cape of South Africa. That means it grows in the winter and is dormant in the summer, which most succulents don’t do. The plant is super easy to take care of with low water and maintenance needs. It grows in sun or light shade and prefers sand or well-drained soil. Plus, it’s highly resistant to drought. It can survive long dry periods, which makes it the ideal match for the forgetful caretaker.
If you simply can’t wait to get one of these plants in your home, call up your local plant store to see if they have it. The plant seems to be in high demand because it’s hard to find online. If you’re determined to locate it, try your luck on Etsy.
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