SENECIO

FAMILY: Asteraceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Evergreen
  • Vines / Ground Covers
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Varies by Species
WATER
  • Varies by Species

Plant Details

Daisy relatives that range from garden cineraria and dusty miller to vines, shrubs, perennials, succulents, even a few weeds. Succulents are often sold as Kleinia, an earlier name.

dusty miller

DUSTY MILLER

senecio cineraria

  • Shrubby perennial in Zones MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9.
  • Annual in the Upper South.
  • To 2212 feet tall and wide.
  • Woolly white leaves cut into many blunt-tipped lobes; clustered heads of yellow or creamy yellow flowers in summer.
  • Gets leggy unless sheared occasionally.
  • Full sun.
  • Needs good drainage, little to moderate water.
  • Striking in night garden.
  • Deer don't seem to care for it.
  • Silver Dust grows 10 inches high and wide, with deeply cut, velvety, silvery green leaves.

kenya ivy, natal ivy, wax vine

senecio macroglossus

  • Evergreen vine in the Tropical South; houseplant anywhere.
  • From Africa.
  • Twining or trailing vine to 612 feet., with thin, succulent stems and thick, 2- to 3 inches-wide, waxy or rubbery leaves shaped like ivy leaves, with three, five, or seven shallow lobes.
  • Tiny yellow daisies in summer.
  • Leaves of 'Variegatus' are boldly splashed with creamy white.
  • Give part shade and moderate water.
  • As houseplant, grow in sunny window and water only when soil is dry.
  • Feed monthly with a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer; in winter, stop fertilizing and reduce water.

senecio viravira(Senecio leucostachys)

  • Shrubby perennial.
  • Zones MS, LS; USDA 7-8.
  • Native to Argentina.
  • To 4 feet tall and wide, with sprawling habit.
  • Leaves like those of Senecio cineraria but more strikingly white, more finely cut into much narrower, pointed segments.
  • Creamy white summer flowers are not showy.
  • In full sun, it is brilliantly white and densely leafy; in part shade, it is looser and more sparsely foliaged, with larger, greener leaves.
  • Tip-pinch young plants to keep them compact.
  • Moderate water.

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