A picture of a Woolly Senecio

Woolly Senecio

Caputia tomentosa

Also known as

Cocoon Plant, Ragwort

Senecio haworthii (detail) - Botanischer Garten Bonn by Raimond Spekking (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H3-H1c

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Woolly Senecio

A close up of some white leaves on a Caputia tomentosa Woolly Senecio plant
A close up of a Caputia tomentosa Woolly Senecio plant with light leaves
A hand holding a white Caputia tomentosa Woolly Senecio plant flower
A photo of Woolly Senecio
A close up of a Caputia tomentosa Woolly Senecio plant

Woolly Senecio Overview

Caputia tomentosa has been renamed from Senecio haworthii, it is also known commonly as Woolly Senecio. It has beautiful, succulent, grey leaves covered in fine hairs that grow from an upright central stem which relaxes with maturity and the weight of the leaves. Originating from the Cape Provinces of South Africa, this plant is a popular houseplanbt choice outside of its natural habitat. It grows well in full sun to partial shade and needs minimal water. Check the soil regularly and water when the pot is significantly lighter!

How to propagate Woolly Senecio

Cuttings

Allow cuttings to heal before planting in sandy soil.

Seed

Sow seeds in Spring and Summer; Germination time about 4 weeks.

Division

Special features of Woolly Senecio

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Woolly Senecio

Apart from its horticultural use, the plants are not used medicinally.