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Senecio bicolor

Silver ragwort

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to November
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourSilvery grey

Description

Senecio bicolor (Silver ragwort). This is a mound-forming evergreen sub-shrub usually grown as an annual. It bears ovate to lance-shaped, deeply pinnate silvery-grey leaves. The flowers are borne in loose corymbs of yellow flowers in mid summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Ragwort

Origin

W & C Mediterranean

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
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They should be grown in fertile well-drained soil, they are frost-tender to fully frost-hardy plants. Dead-head regularly.

Propagation

Propagate shrubs from cuttings in summer, annuals by seed in autumn and perennials by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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