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Senecio smithii

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.5m to 1.25m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow centres
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark grey-green

Description

Senecio smithii. This is a vigorous deciduous, clump-forming, perennial. It will bear ovate to oblong, glossy dark grey-green, basal, toothed leaves. The flowers are small borne in large corymbs of yellow centred white flowers in early to late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

S. America, Falklands Islands

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)
  • SoilBoggy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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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