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Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-05

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trailing jade

Senecio jacobensii?

Trailing jade plant, weeping jade, vining jade, none of the above?

I'm not 100 percent certain this plant is identified correctly. Looking at other trailing jade plants online, they seem to all have orange flowers. This one's flowers are refusing to open and even if they did, they sure don't look like they'll be orange. This one is also leggier than the ones online. In other words, we have a partial mystery plant.

Anyway, if this is a trailing jade, it originated in Africa. Like most succulents, it prefers sun, maybe with some filtered shade during the hottest part of the day, and a light hand on the watering can. Now back to the internets to figure this out....

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