If I started a garden centre, this one would be first...
It's going to be another cool spring day today, then tomorrow will be cooler with a chance of rain and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are looking really nice, before we return to rain the end of the week.
I have to admit that I'm not really one of those kinds of people who is crazy about plants. I like having one or two in my apartment to keep things looking fresh and I water them about once a week or so and that's about it. But check out this one, I've never seen anything like it before...
It's called Senecio peregrinus. Senecio peregrinus is a succulent. For those of you who can’t hear the word “succulent” without mentally tacking on “roast chicken,” in botanical terms it means that Senecio peregrinus belongs to the category of plants that store liquid within themselves, giving certain parts of their form an enlarged or fleshy quality.
Cacti, for the most part, are succulents, but the Senecio genus is actually part of the daisy family. What’s more, whereas cacti are intimidatingly prickly, Senecio peregrinus is invitingly adorable, because it looks like a pod of tiny leaping dolphins!
As a matter of fact, Senecio peregrinus looks so much like the beloved sea mammals that an alternate name for the plant in Japan is “dolphin necklace.”
The plant is actually a cross between the Senecio articulates and Senecio rowleyanus plants, which are respectively also known as the “hot dog cactus” and “string-of-pearls” for their distinctive shapes. It’s just like we remember from math class: hot dogs plus pearls equals dolphins (we may not have passed the final exam).
It totally makes you do a double-take, doesn't it? I wonder where I can find this pot of cuteness?!
Have a great day!