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Senecio - .

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A group of garden hybrids involving B. compacta, B. greyi. and B. laxifolia.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Senecio


Senecio

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Senecio is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Senecio Dunedin Hybrids

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Very tolerant of maritime exposure, it can be grown as a windbreak hedge[29]. Fairly slow growing though, eventually making a dense hedge to 1.5 metres tall[29]. Plants can be grown as a dense ground cover. They take about two years to form an effective cover[197].

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained soils[182, 200]. Established plants are fairly drought resistant[190], they tolerate maritime exposure[182]. This species grows well in the milder areas of Britain where it tolerates temperatures down to about -15°c[184]. This name covers a range of hybrids of garden origin involving B. compacta, B. greyi. and B. laxifolia[200]. There are a number of named forms selected for their ornamental value. 'Sunshine' makes a good wind resistant hedge in maritime areas[11, 200]. Plants are very tolerant of pruning and soon regrow after being cut right back into old wood[190].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - probably best sown on the surface of a freely draining compost in the greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed can be surface sown in the greenhouse in early spring. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. This plant is a hybrid and will not breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[188]. Cuttings of mature wood, November in a frame. Very easy.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Senecio cannabifoliusAleutian ragwortPerennial2.0 4-8  LMHNM12 
Senecio cinerariaCineraria, Dusty miller, Silver GroundselShrub0.6 8-10 MLMHNDM033
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Senecio nemorensis Perennial2.0 5-9  LMHSNM11 
Senecio nemorensis fuchsii Perennial2.0 5-9  LMHSNM10 
Senecio nikoensis Perennial1.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Senecio pierotii Perennial0.6 -  LMHNM10 
Senecio pseudoarnicaSeaside RagwortPerennial0.5 -  LMNM11 
Senecio scandens Climber5.0 8-11 MLMHNM02 
Senecio sylvaticusMountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwortAnnual0.6 5-9  LMHNDM01 
Senecio viscosusSticky Groundsel, Sticky ragwortAnnual0.4 5-9  LMHNDM01 
Senecio vulgarisGroundselAnnual0.3 5-9  LMHNDM123

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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