From the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, also known as the garden province and home of the Zulu nation, comes this extraordinary yet rare succulent called Senecio fulgens or Scarlet Klenia. I came across this beauty at the Huntington Botanical Gardens plant sale earlier this year.
I had never seen it before and knew I had to have it. It grows as clumps of pearlescent silvery blue succulent foliage that sends up plump budded skyrockets tinged with tones of red-orange. These buds explode with a composite of tiny five-petaled scarlet flowers glinting with golden anthers. It is a delicate look that packs a surprising punch of vibrant color. Absolutely cool! If you're a succulent stalker like the Plant Provocateur, who wants something both rare and exciting, check out Senecio fulgens.