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Products > Senecio crassissimus
 
Senecio crassissimus - Vertical Leaf Senecio
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Senecio crassissimus (Vertical Leaf Senecio) - An erect evergreen subshrub to 18-24 inches tall by 18" wide with thick purple stems holding stiff flattened 2 inch long waxy silver-grey obovate leaves with the edges, with vivid purple margins, facing outwards. In winter the inflorescence rises from the stem tips 1 to 2 feet bearing an open branched head of bright yellow daisy flowers. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil with occasional irrigation. Can handle a light frost but likely damaged in temperatures below 28F. An interesting and unique plant with the unusual color combination of purple and gray on leaves that appear to be turned on their edge. This plant was described in 1923 by Jean-Henri Humbert (1887-1967), a French botanist and professor at the University of Algiers who explored Madagascar. The specific epithet is from the Latin words 'crass' meaning "solid", "thick", "fat" or "dense" and the superlative suffix 'sssim' meaning "to the greatest degree" which combines to mean "the thickest" in reference to the very thick leaves. We have also seen this plant have the interesting common name of Lavender Steps.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Senecio crassissimus