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Products > Senecio barbertonicus
Senecio barbertonicus - Succulent Bush Senecio

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Senecio barbertonicus (Succulent Bush Senecio) - This evergreen subshrub can grow to 3 to 5 feet tall (taller with some support) by an equal spread with somewhat brittle fleshy stems bearing 2 inch long bright green rounded succulent leaves that point upwards along the branches and are crowded toward stem tips. The flowers, borne typically here in the late fall and winter are bright orange yellow in compact terminal clusters. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained to sandy soil and irrigate little to occasionally. Has proven hardy for us to at least the mid 20's F. It is described as one of the largest of the finger leaved Senecios and its green coloration easily distinguishes it from the other finger leaved plants with gray leaves in the Senecio talinoides group, such Senecio mandraliscae and S. serpens. An alternate common name for this plant is Barberton Senecio, though it actually occurs not only in the Barberton region but grows on rocky hills throughout most of Transvaal and scattered in eastern, central, and southwestern Swaziland. This habit is characterized as a hot and dry climate, with some summer rains and long periods of drought and winter temperatures near freezing. This plant is listed as attracting Painted Lady butterfly. Our thanks to Arkady Zak of La Cienega Nursery for bringing this beautiful and interesting plant to our attention.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Senecio barbertonicus.