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  Senecio scaposus CACTUSPEDIA       

 


This is one of the most attractive species with dazzling bright silver white succulent leaves that looks sort of like an ice plant but on small, woody stems and the flowers are also nice.

 

Etymology: The name Senecio is from the Latin word, senex meaning "old man" because of the white pappus (feathery bristles on the fruit) The epithet, scaposus refers to the leafless flower stalk (Latin, scapus).


Description: Stemless or nearly stemless small perennial succulent, Height and width up to 30 cm. Groundcover, cespitose in habit or surculose-spreading, forming large mats
Stems: Very numerous, simple, from a multiple caudex.
Leaves: Long, cylindrical, banana-shaped 5-10 cm long that angle upward in tufts and grow in a tight rosette. The young leaves have a bright silver coating (a sort of felt) with patterned patches of a waxy light blue on a light green background .They can actually be pealed off revealing the green, succulent leaf below and become a smooth green when they get older.
Flower: Three to five starry silvery-yellow flowers grow atop long stalks. They are showy and resemble daisies. Each has about 12 ray florets.
Bloomin season: Summer

Cultivation: S. scaposus is an easy to grow hardy succulent from high altitude. It is a great little low growing container plant. As they grow, they produce side branches. Generally, give them full sun (coastal) to light shade in well-drained soil. It enjoy more water than others but do not over-water, drench and let dry between waterings . Keep dry as possible in winter It may be grown outside in mild climates, however plants growing in small pots with well drained soil can tolerate winter rains. Hardy to at least -7C.

Senecio is a huge genus of asters with over 1500 species worldwide. Most of the succulent species are found in South Africa.

 

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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers family)

Scientific name:  Senecio scaposus DC.

DC = de Candolle 1806-93, Swiss botanist

Origin:  Cape Province (around Witkliprug area) , South Africa.

Synonyms:  
  • Senecio calamifolius


 

 



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