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Products > Roldana petasitis ssp. cristobalensis
Roldana petasitis ssp. cristobalensis - Red Leaved Velvet Senecio

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Senecio cristobalensis, R. oaxacana]
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Roldana petasitis ssp. cristobalensis (Red Leaved Velvet Senecio) - Evergreen, tall shrub-like perennial that can grow to 10' tall with large velvety leaves up to 8" wide. The orbicular leaves are lobed and have prominent red veins and red undersides. Large clusters of yellow flowers appear in winter (January-February in Santa Barbara). Plant in full sun along coast to morning sun or afternoon shade inland. This is a Dennis Breedlove collection from Chiapas Mexico. It is hardy to low 20s° F but it can freeze down in the teens and rebound. Similar to Roldana petasitis but with darker foliage and red hairs on stems and undersides of leaves. Both this species and Roldana petasites, which we also grow, were previously classified as species of Senecio and originally this one was call Senecio cristobalensis but is now considered to be Roldana oaxacana but we continue to use the older name under which we received the plant until such time as Roldana oaxacana becomes more recognized. The name Roldana was published by Dr. Pablo de La Llave (1773 – 1833), a Mexican priest and naturalist, in 1925 to honor Eugenio Montaña y Roldan Otumbensi, who was thought to be a hero in a battle on the plains of Apam near Mexico City. 

This information about Roldana petasitis ssp. cristobalensis displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.