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Senecio galpinii
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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 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 galpinii.