Kleinia petraea f. variegata (Variegated Trailing Jade)

Kleinia petraea f. variegata (Variegated Trailing Jade)

Scientific Name

Kleinia petraea f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Kleinia petraea (R.E.Fr.) C.Jeffrey

Common Names

Variegated Trailing Jade


Kleinia petraea 'Variegata', Senecio jacobsenii f. variegata, Senecio jacobsenii 'Variegata'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Kleinia


Kleinia petraea f. variegata, also known as Senecio jacobsenii f. variegata, is a creeping groundcover with thick, succulent stems. The green leaves are variegated with creamy-white, fleshy, egg-shaped, and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. They overlap like shingles along the thick stems and blush an attractive purple color in winter. The bright orange, rayless, composite flowers usually appear in fall or winter.


USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Established Senecios are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished. Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.

Taller varieties can get floppy. You can prune them back to where the stem is firm, in very early spring. You can even root the cuttings.

Plants can be divided or repotted in early spring. If you are growing them in containers, they enjoy spending the summer outdoors. Wait until there is no danger of frost and move them back indoors in the fall.

Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings. Seeds prefer warm temperatures and constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, from early spring to fall—root in sandy soil, in containers.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Senecio.


Kleinia petraea f. variegata is a variegated form of Kleinia petraea.


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Jade Plant

Place jade plants indoors in a spot that receives bright but indirect all-day sun, such as near a south-facing window. Water the pot from the top until the excess drains freely from the bottom, completely soaking the soil. Apply a soluble liquid fertilizer formulated for indoor foliage plants every three months. Move jade plants outdoors, if desired, when daytime temperatures are above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures are above 50 F. Place the plant in a area that receives bright sunlight and some afternoon shade. Bring the plants back indoors in fall before temperatures drop below 50 F. Repot jade plants in late winter or early spring when the roots outgrow the pot and the soil begins drying quickly or the roots begin lifting the plant out of the pot. Transplant into a pot 2 inches larger in diameter than the old pot.

Kleinia Species, Trailing Jade, Vining Jade, Weeping Jade


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

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USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

El Dorado Hills, California

Rowland Heights, California


Charleston, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On May 2, 2015, davelvb1931 from El Dorado Hills, CA wrote:

I love this plant. Easy to grow, not fussy about sun-light or shade, and only thing I will tell you about my success with this plant is do not over water. I purchased this grit called 'DryStall' at my local animal feed store (it is for horse stalls), and got Patio Plus planters mix, and added 50/50 ratio of soil and grit. Perfect drainage for my succulents. I water this plant 1-1/2 times a week about. This plant hung over the side of the pot (12" wide) almost 24" long. Stems have become so heavy with 'branching' that it pulled some of them out of the soil, to which I just repotted using a pin to hold them in. Mine grows in full California sun, and have grown some of the cuttings in semi-shade, both with equal success. Love this plant.

On Nov 25, 2007, pieohmy from Independence, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant does very well in filtered shade in the summer here. I had it protected from the rain and watered it myself. Watered once or twice a week depending on humidity levels at the time. It also did well for me during the winter last year. Our winters are pretty mild so I did move it outside on warmer days. It didn't seem to mind being inside but it definently did not grow much during the winter months.

On Jan 9, 2005, hortus69 from Capitola, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Positive and negative, I guess, totals a neutral.
I love the lavender hues to the leaves, and it's polite growing habit. WHEN it grows.. Unfortunately, here: four houses off the Monterey Bay, It seems to be crabby. It wants to become gelatinous and 'leaf the building' more easily than my other succulents.

I got into this website looking for data about it.

On Oct 1, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Has been reclassified as Kleinia petraea, but still lots of disagreement among the experts.

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