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Senecio vitalis cristata forms beautiful fan-shaped stems topped with narrow, rounded very succulent glaucous blue-green leaves. Looks like a "Mermaid's Comb". Beautiful as patio plant or in rock gardens. Cristate forms generally occur when injury occurs to the plant at a young age (this damage can be due to insects eating the growing tip, or from many other causes, including a genetic predisposition). In reaction to the "injury", the cells at the tip of the branch where growth occurs begin to multiply at a much faster rate and the normal growing tip "goes crazy", creating fantastic whorls and fans. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Less water during winter months. Protect from frost. Senecio vitalis is a great ground cover