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.
Just before the fire of 2017 my daughter moved house, and low and behold in a crevice I found one Kleinia plant, struggling but alive. I was overjoyed and needless to say I “rescued” it. It found a loving and caring home and it has been thriving since. The cuttings I took after the first year have all developed into strong, sturdy plants which are full in bud at the moment. 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.