Help me identify this house plant!

Auntie Vera

This is nothing to do with baking.

Do any of you lovely knowledgeable people know what this plant is called? I was given a piece of the stem and told to cut it into three and plant it in some soil, six months later it looks like this.

Some sort of succulent, very enthusiastic about life in general, grows huge long stems that then break off under their own weight.

It came from someone’s great aunt, hence the “Auntie Vera’ moniker.  It hasn’t flowered yet so no clues there.

The truth is out there…. one of you must know it! (edit : see the comments for the identity of this plant)

Edit: Almost a year on (Nov 2011) having replanted sections in the summer, we moved one pot into the bathroom where it is warm and steamy and quite light in the window and it has produced amazing flowers.  See below:

Guess who has decided to flower after all this time?

15 thoughts on “Help me identify this house plant!

  1. GillthePainter

    What a shame my painting partner is away.
    She used to run a flower shop in the Kings Road.
    If you don’t get any joy, I’ll ask her when she gets back. I bet she knows the Latin name too!

  2. Tutak

    It’s a triffid. Leave Bristol now, head for the Isle of Wight. Don’t stop to pack all the baking equipment, just grab the dogs and Brian.

  3. heidiannie

    No idea.
    I’m not really that fond of self destructive succulents- but yours looks healthy, even if it is unidentified.

  4. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    If it IS a triffid I’m definitely not tasting it! I love its joie de vie! It’s so enthusiastic, likes a good drink, supervises the washing up, what more could you want from a house plant ? :)

    I still hope someone will recognise it one day….

  5. Liz

    I think your plant might be a Senecio articulatus or a closely related species. I looked it up in my succulent book. I have one but yours looks much nicer than mine.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Ooh Liz !! Thank you! I have just googled that name and it’s definitely one of those or something close. Hope it will flower and then that would help even more. I’ll ask Brian to take some macro shots of the stem and leaves and add them to the post. :)

  6. Choclette

    Just got CT on the case – he confirms that Liz is correct. One of the synonyms is Kleinia articulata – South African candle plant. Plenty of it at the Eden Project.

  7. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Thank CT for me Choclette! Apparently it is called ‘senecio’ because it has grey hairs on its seeds or something. Senex = old man. I knew my school Latin would come in use for something :)

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    1. Joanna Post author

      We keep giving bits away and replanting bits, it’s a very happy easy going sort of a plant providing it gets light and water – I was quite surprised when it flowered Kari :)

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