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.

S. cineraria. DUSTY MILLER. Shrubby perennial in Zones MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9. Annual in the Upper South. To 2212 ft. 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 in. high and wide, with deeply cut, velvety, silvery green leaves.

S. macroglossus. KENYA IVY, NATAL IVY, WAX VINE. Evergreen vine in the Tropical South; houseplant anywhere. From Africa. Twining or trailing vine to 612 ft., with thin, succulent stems and thick, 2- to 3-in.-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.

S. viravira (S. leucostachys). DUSTY MILLER. Shrubby perennial. Zones MS, LS; USDA 7-8. Native to Argentina. To 4 ft. tall and wide, with sprawling habit. Leaves like those of S. 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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