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Senecio articulatus

Candle plant

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourYellow-white
  • Leaf ColourBlue green

Description

Senecio articulatus (Candle plant). This perennial succulent will grow about 60cm tall. The stems are greyish blue and the flowers are produced in terminal sprays of yellow-white, daisy-like blooms from mid spring to mid autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Succulent

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and usually daisy like flower heads. Shrubs are excellent for coastal gardens. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They should be grown in fertile well-drained soil, they are frost-tender to fully frost-hardy plants. You can propagate the shrubs from cuttings in the summer, annuals from seed in autumn and perennials by division in spring.

Propagation

You can propagate the shrubs and climbers by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, and the annuals by seed in spring and the perennials by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, grey mould, powdery mildew, leaf spots and red spider mites.

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