Bring the Beach to Your Garden with a Rare Dolphin Succulent

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Swim right over to this dolphin succulent plant. These dolphin succulents will make a splash with your other favorite houseplants.

dolphin succulent, Senecio peregrinus in the garden.liuyushan/Getty Images
Dolphin succulent

Indoor gardening is more popular than ever—especially planting succulents indoors. These adorable dolphin succulent plants bring a little bit of summery beach life home no matter where you are. They’re the next big internet obsession thanks to how appealing they are on any countertop or desk. Just imagine the ultra-cute charm they’ll bring next to your collection of bunny ear succulents or a succulent Christmas tree.

What are Dolphin Succulents?

The dolphin succulent—also known as senecio peregrinus in Latin—looks incredibly similar to real dolphins jumping out of the water. It’s also relatively rare thanks to its uniquely shaped leaves. As such, it can be difficult to find at your local plant nursery or garden store.

This plant is also a cousin of the string of bananas succulent plant. However, it has noticeably more pronounced features that closely resemble fins and porpoiseful beaks.

Why Are People Obsessed with Dolphin Succulents?

String of dolphins succulents drape gently over baskets and containers for a waterfall effect. Their chalky blue-green coloring is reminiscent of a day at the beach. The plants mix well with other succulents in pots and hanging baskets and require minimal effort to maintain. They’re also excellent conversation starters for plant lovers or gardening newbies alike.

Just give these easy-to-grow houseplants a little morning sun or pop them in a window with bright, indirect light. Feed them with a little water when they’re dry and you’ll be swimming in gorgeous dolphin succulents. Strings of dolphins are also a surprisingly affordable find at just $6.99 per plant.

Where to Buy Dolphin Succulents

dolphin succulentVia Etsy.com

You can buy a 2.5-inch pot dolphin succulent pot on Etsy—and be sure to check out HirtsGardens for other unusual succulents from the same seller. Start with a single small pot or order a few to beef up your collection. All orders include planting and growing instructions to keep your dolphin succulents thriving. Shoppers just can’t get enough of them: “I love this plant,” writes Emily O’Bryan, a verified dolphin succulent purchaser on Etsy. “It is such a cool piece to have and show off. I got more strings than I thought I would, which is great!”

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