This succulent comes at a hefty price tag because of its rarity.
Mermaids are mythical creatures that have captured our imagination. Perhaps it is the fact that they are half fish and half human that can easily breathe and survive underwater, or it was probably just growing up watching The Little Mermaid a lot. While scientists have investigated and found that mermaids do not exist for sure, there is no need to lose heart. So what if mermaids aren't real? We already have the next best alternative in the form of a gorgeous looking succulent. If you are a succulent enthusiast and are hoping to expand your collection, this is something you would love to have in your collection.
The succulents, known as Mermaid Tail Succulents, as the name suggests look like the tail of a mermaid just as she is about to dive underwater. Just like the end of the tail lingers above water before disappearing, the succulent looks like a mermaid with a green fin that has taken a dive into the soil. Scientifically the succulent is named Senecio Vitalis but it also goes by other names such as "The Whale's Tail" and "Blue Chalked Fingers," according to Insider. But one thing's for certain, the succulent looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale.
It is an evergreen succulent that can grow up to 18 - 24 inches or 40 - 60 centimeters in height. Native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the succulent has slender, slightly upcurved leaves that are 3 to 5 inches long. The succulent has a trailing stem at the end of which grow tufts of finger-like leaves. According to Gardenia, these succulents are aesthetically pleasing and have great ornamental value as well. While in isolation it looks like a whale or mermaid tail, when grown in a bunch, the succulent will surely make your garden look like the sea bed with the leaves looking like floating seaweed.
If you want to introduce your home to an exotic, underwater vibe, then this is the succulent to get. However, it is a rare one and is usually not grown at home. But you can buy one off Etsy for a hefty price tag. Etsy seller, Scott Buescher is selling a Mermaid Tail Succulent for $200 which you can find here until stocks last. But just like any other succulent, this one too is low maintenance and considerably easy to take care of. The plant can withstand droughts, which means even if you forget to water it from time to time it will survive. But make sure it gets a lot of sunlight and is planted in well-draining soil.
The succulent may like the sun but is actually a winter grower and is dormant in the summer. In the dormant stage, leading up to spring, the succulent will bear small, creamy-white flowers. According to My Garden Life, pinching the plant back stimulates dense, bushy new growth and encourages more flowers. As part of the pruning process, you can also maintain the desired size and shape of your succulent. By removing old flowers you can keep the plant looking healthy as well as prevent seed production which would just drain the plant’s energy at the expense of forming new flowers.
Gardener Miin Liew was responsible for the mermaid succulent going viral earlier this year. She said, "I have only found a few in the past few years after mild winter here in the Bay Area." The experienced gardener has also clarified how the succulents don't permanently crest. After one or two growing seasons, the succulents start growing in new places and the fan-like shape disappears.