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 9
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.

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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