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Senecio angulatus – Climbing Groundsel

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Scientific Name

Senecio angulatus L. f.

Common Names

Climbing Groundsel, Creeping Groundsel, Cape Ivy, Garden Senecio, Mile-a-Minute, Scrambling Groundsel, Vining Senecio, Canary Creeper

Synonyms

Senecio macropodus, Cineraria laevis

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Senecio

Description

Senecio angulatus is a scrambling or twining herb whose form is a dense tangled shrub, up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall or a climber to 20 feet (6 m) high. Succulent, pale green stems with glossy, thick and fleshy, coarsely toothed leaves with one to three teeth each side, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 5.5 inches (14 cm) wide. Flowers are daisy-like with yellow petals produced in open clusters at the end of its branches or stems.

Senecio angulatus - Climbing Groundsel, Creeping Groundsel, Cape Ivy

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Established plants are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in the winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished. Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.

Taller varieties can get floppy. You can prune them back to where the stem is firm, in very early spring. You can even root the cuttings.

Plants can be divided or repotted in early spring. If you are growing them in containers, they enjoy spending the summer outdoors. Wait until there is no danger of frost and move them back indoors in the fall.

Few pests bother Senecio. They can occasionally be affected by scale and mealy bugs… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Senecio.

Origin

Native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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