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The Mermaid Tail Succulent Brings an Oceanic Feel to Your Plant Collection

The mermaid tail succulent, better known as blue chalk fingers or blue chalksticks, is a rare succulent that looks like a blue-green mermaid tail. From its color to its shape, this is the perfect plant for ocean-lovers.. This succulent looks like our favorite Disney Princess' shiny fin! Whether you add it to your garden or keep it in your bedroom, this mermaid tail succulent brings an aquatic feel to any plant collection.

This unique succulent, scientifically called Crested Senecio Vitalis or Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata, sets itself apart from other plants with its crested shape, which is a unique feature more commonly seen in flowers. The crest of the plant originates with its stems, which are flattened and fused together. The plant spreads out at the top, making the iconic shape of a mermaid's tail and giving this plant its namesake.

Growing to 1 to 2 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide, the mermaid tail succulent is an easy addition to your living room or garden. Unlike other succulents, the mermaid tail succulent thrives in the winter and is dormant in the summer, making it unique in more ways than one.

Caring for a Mermaid Tail Succulent

Along with being exotic and beautiful, the mermaid tale succulent is relatively easy to care for. This low-maintenance plant can survive both inside and outside, as long as temperatures don't get below 30 degrees F. When planting one, place it in well-draining soil in a container with a drainage hole. 

Mermaid tail succulents don't need much water, so let the soil dry completely before watering. Too much water can cause root rot, especially if the container doesn't allow for drainage. This magical succulent thrives in sunny conditions or light shade, so place it near a window in your home where it'll get at least 6 hours of sun a day. 

This post was originally published in May 2020.

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