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Senecio galpinii
Working on getting this plant out in the field but it is not yet available listing for information only! 

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Kleinia galpinii, S. cephalophorus, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Senecio galpinii An erect evergreen perennial or subshrub growing to 16 inches tall with slightly flattened stems holding succulent chalky blue narrowly elliptical leaves that have a slight unpleasant aroma when bruised and a branched stem of lightly fragrant bright orange flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well-drained soil or as a potted plant. Water occasionally to very little. Has proven hardy to the mid 20s and quite possibly should go lower given that it is native to the dry mountainous winter rainfall Richtersveld region of northwestern South Africa. Some consider this (and many other Senecio) to fit better in the genus Kleinia, a name used previously for many of the succulent Senecio but there is some disagreement in this treatment and so we continue to use the name Senecio until such time as this gets decided and becomes better recognized. The name for the genus Senecio comes from the Latin word 'senex' meaning "old" or "old man" in reference to its downy head of seeds and the specific epithet honors the South African botanist and explorer Ernest Edward Galpin (1858-1941) who with his naturalist and botanical artist wife, Maria Elizabeth Galpin, botanized much of South Africa. This plant is similar to the redder flowering Senecio fulgens but lacks the swollen stem base. This plant is also sometimes erroneously sold as Senecio cephalophorus, which is a rare and more difficult plant to cultivate that has yellow flowers.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Senecio galpinii.