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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: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Senecio

Description

Senecio angulatus is a scrambling or twining plant whose form is a dense tangled shrub up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall or a climber up to 20 feet (6 m) high. The stems are succulent, pale green with glossy, thick and fleshy, coarsely toothed leaves with 1 to 3 teeth each side. The leaves are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 5.5 inches (14 cm) wide. The flowers are daisy-like with yellow petals produced in open clusters at the end of its branches or stems.

Photo via alhaurin.com

Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Established Senecios 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 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.

Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings. Seeds prefer warm temperatures and constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, from early spring to fall. Root in sandy soil, in containers.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Senecio.

Origin

Senecio angulatus is native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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