Sky Rockets In Flight...Succulent Delight

|Senecio fulgens bloom detail|

|Senecio fulgens bloom detail|

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.

|Senecio fulgens profile|

|Senecio fulgens profile|

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.