The Senecio kleinia (or Kleinia neriifolia) is a rarity among succulents and comes from western Africa and the Canary Islands.
Similar to the Madagascar palm, the monkey palm is not a palm tree. It is one of the succulent plants like Senecio and is related to the cineraria and grows relatively quickly for a stem succulent.
The grey-blue trunk is also very unusual. Many long, thin leaves grow on it, the upper side of which is silvery blue shimmers, but the underside is purple.
In summer, older plants form light flower heads that are clustered together.
Don't be surprised if the leaves fall after flowering: that's when the plant's dormant period begins. Only in September/October does the bare trunk sprout new leaves.
Name: Monkey Palm
Botanical name: Senecio kleinia or Kleinia neriifolia
Origin: Canary Islands
Pot size: 12cm
Total height: approx. 30cm
Location: The monkey palm should be very bright all year round, quietly on the south window. In summer she is welcome to go outside on the terrace or balcony. In autumn and winter she likes it a little cooler, such as in the bedroom in a cool hallway. The monkey palm feels particularly good when the air is dry.
Care: The monkey palm is very easy to care for and should only be watered sparingly. During the leafless period, a few drops of water once a week is enough. But you should always use your thumb to check whether the soil is already dry during the growth and flowering period.
Large monkey palms are often a bit wobbly. Tie such plants to a support if possible.