Curio ‘Mount Everest’

A feature plant with high-flying roots

Looking for a manageable, easy to care for plant with allure? Curio ‘Mount Everest’ is perfect for you. This sun worshipper has a luxurious look and require little care. The plant also prompts a fun quiz question. The plant’s name refers to the world’s highest mountain, but does the plant also come from that region?

Curio ‘Mount Everest’ Thejoyofplants.co.uk

Colours and shapes

Curio ‘Mount Everest’ is a true foliage plant. It’s compact, reaching a maximum height of 40 to 50 centimetres. The plant’s diameter is usually not more than 15 centimetres. So it’s a manageable specimen. The fleshy leaves grow around the stems at a steady pace, so it requires a bit of patience. But don’t worry, your wait will be rewarded with a beautiful waxy, smooth branches with a bluey-grey coating. 


Symbolism

No symbolism is known for this plant. but who needs symbolism when you’re named after the best-known mountain in the world? The plant is a popular topic of conversation amongst plant lovers. And if you have a friend who climbs mountains, it’s a handy gift idea. Which makes a change from yet another carabiner.

Origin

The name Curio ‘Mount Everest’ is a bit misleading. This foliage plant does not have its roots in Asia, but in Africa. The plant is a cross between two species of Curio which are native to mountain tops in South Africa’s Cape Province. It’s a dry, subtropical region, hence the love of the sun. Also fun to know: Curios are members of the large group of Senecio (ragwort) plants, of which there are over 1300 species in all sorts of forms.