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What is a Trailing Jade Plant?

By Isabel Prontes ; Updated September 21, 2017
Trailing jade plants are easy to cultivate.
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Trailing jade plants are also known scientifically as Senecio jacobsenii and Kleinia petraea. They are also known as weeping jade plants. The plants are succulents from Africa and have pale green, shiny leaves that are shaped like ovals. Trailing jade plants are easy to cultivate, and they grow very rapidly. They grow with trailing patterns (as the name indicates), and as a result, are useful as ground covers or in hanging pots.


Trailing jade plants bear bright, yellow-to-orange pincushion, vining flowers (which bloom during the winter). The plants are known for an unusual growth habit that is generally prostrate. The plant has big leaves that are flat and Jade-like (with a purple/burgundy color), and thick stems. They grow to be between 4 and 6 inches in length.


Trailing jade plants, like all other succulents, are hardy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) zones of nine, 10 and 11. Trailing jade plants cannot tolerate hard frosts, and they need to be handled as container plants. They must be brought inside for the winter months. The plants prefer sandy soil types. Trailing jade plants prefer full or partial sun, and they do not require a lot of watering.


Although most jade plants originate in South Africa, trailing jade plants are also native to northeastern parts of Africa, specifically the nation of Tanzania.

Scientific Information

The trailing jade plant is part of the Astereceae family within the Senecio genus. The plants are part of the Magnoliophyta phylum, the Asterales order, and the Magniolopsida class.


Trailing jade plants are popularly used as container plants in gardens. They are also commonly used in rock gardens. The plants are resistant to rabbits, deer and also to fire.