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Senecio medley-woodii

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Caputia medley-woodii]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Senecio medley-woodii - A well branched evergreen (gray) to semi-evergreen succulent shrub to 4 to 6 feet 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. The 3/4 inch wide daisy flowers 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. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. We had this plant in our succulent collection and it survived with light protection through our very cold December 1990 freeze with temperatures around 20 F. It was not harmed in the January 2007 cold spell with 3 nights in a row down to 25 F but again was under tree cover so its ultimate hardiness is not known but we think it good to short duration temperatures to 25 F. This plant is an interesting shrub that has remained evergreen for us but is noted as being drought deciduous. It grows naturally but not in abundance along cliff edges and granite outcrops under 2000 feet from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal north to Swaziland. The name Senecio comes from the Latin word 'senex' meaning "old" or "old man" in reference to its downy head of seeds. The specific epithet given to this plant by John Hutchinson (1884-1972) in 1923 honors South African botanist John Medley Wood (18271915) who collected and published the name for many plants found in the Natal flora. We received this plant in the 1980's from Dylan Hannon, now the curator for the conservatory at the Huntington Botanic Garden.  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 medley-woodii.