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Senecio scaposus
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Caputia scaposa]
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Senecio scaposus - Stemless or nearly stemless small succulent with 2-4 inch long fleshy banana-shaped bright silvery white leaves that angle upward in tufts. The showy yellow daisy flowers appear in summer. Full sun (coastal) to light shade in well-drained soil. Hardy to at least the mid 20's F. From the Eastern Cape Providence of South Africa. A great little container plant. Keep dry as possible in winter - plants growing in small pots with well-drained soil can tolerate winter rains. The current treatment of this plant based on the DNA evidence showing that it is only distantly related to Senecio reclassified this species in 2012 (Nordenstam, B. & Pelser, P. B. 2012. "Caputia, a new genus to accommodate four succulent South African Senecioneae (Compositae) species". Compositae Newsletter. 50: 59.). In this article the author created the new genus Caputia, making the current name of this plant Caputia scaposa. The genus name is a reference to the four species in this new genus all coming from around the Cape Region of South Africa. Also joining it in this new genus are two other plants we have long grown as Senecio, Senecio medley-woodii and Senecio tomentosa (AKA S. haworthii).  The information about Senecio scaposus displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.