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Senecio medley-woodii

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Scientific Name

Senecio medley-woodii Hutch.

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Senecio medley-woodii is a well branched, evergreen to semi-evergreen succulent shrub, up 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and wide with thick stems covered in white felt and egg shaped leaves that are dark green with blackish tones, but covered with soft white hairs and have small soft teeth irregularly spaced along the margins. Daisy flowers are up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) wide, have bright yellow rays and orange yellow disks and are held individually or with up to 3 others at the branch tips in mid-winter.

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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.

Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings. Seeds prefer warm temperatures (55˚F / 13˚C). And constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, early spring to fall. Root in sandy soil, in containers.

Few pests bother Senecio. They can occasionally be affected by scale and mealy bugs. Rabbits found my String of Pearls quite tasty… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Senecio.

Origin

Native to South Africa (Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal).

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