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