Senecio

Senecio spp.

profile iconSenecio rowleyanus leaves
by Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr (CC BY 2.0)
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profile iconSenecio rowleyanus leaves
by Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr (CC BY 2.0)
1 of 8
Senecio is a large genus with over 1,400 individual species found across the globe. These include annual plants, succulents and non-succulent perennials, evergreen shrubs, subshrubs and twining climbing species. They are typically grown for their attractive but highly variable foliage and their daisy-like flowers, which are produced in branched clusters. Annuals are best used for bedding or in containers, while small perennials look great in a scree bed or rock garden. Taller species are best suited in a border or wild garden. The genus includes many species commonly kept as houseplants, such as Senecio rowleyanus, commonly known as String of Pearls.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red, Blue, White, Orange, Yellow
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