A few years ago Denise gave me some seeds of Kleinia fulgens . I have sown the fresh seed in seed trays containing a very well-drained potting mixture such palm peat and 50% sharp sand. I watered lightly and carefully, and then I waited …. They did come up, but I must have been too generous with the watering as they all succumbed to root rot. Denise also lost her plant due to over watering.
Late last year my daughter moved house, and low and behold in a crevice I found one Kleinia plant, needless to say I “rescued” it, and brought it back to a loving and caring home. I have since taken one stem cutting which seem to be doing fine, but to my delight the ‘mother plant’ rewarded me this month with the most beautiful scarlet blooms. The stunning, grey-leafed plants with a profusion of scarlet flowers are ideal for hot, dry spots in the garden, it does equally well in containers. The plant grows to a height of about 600 mm and has a somewhat spreading habit. The succulent leaves, which are an attractive grey/green with purpling on the underside, give the plant year-round appeal and add a pleasing contrast when planted amongst other succulents or grasses.
The coral senecio is a succulent belonging to the Aster family. It occurs in hot, dry areas of KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The genus is named after the German zoologist, Dr Klein (1685-1759). The species name, fulgens, means shining and refers to the vibrant, scarlet colour of the flowers.