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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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Weed Potential No
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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.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 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: acid, neutral and basic (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

Habitats

Edible Uses

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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].

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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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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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Senecio cannabifoliusAleutian ragwort12
Senecio cinerariaCineraria, Dusty miller, Silver Groundsel03
Senecio erucifoliusHoary Groundsel, Hoary ragwort02
Senecio jacobaeaRagwort, Stinking willie02
Senecio nemorensis 11
Senecio nemorensis fuchsii 10
Senecio nikoensis 11
Senecio pierotii 10
Senecio pseudoarnicaSeaside Ragwort11
Senecio scandens 02
Senecio sylvaticusMountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwort01
Senecio viscosusSticky Groundsel, Sticky ragwort01
Senecio vulgarisGroundsel12

 

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