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Senecio archeri - Archer's Senecio
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Fall
Synonyms: [Curio archeri, Senecio toxotis, Kleinia archeri]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Senecio archeri (Archer's Senecio) - A low small growing succulent that spreads by rhizomes with unusual short flat lanceolate leaves that are held near the top of short stems that are often erect, but with age lay over and snake about on the ground. The leaves are a blue-green color and covered with a gray waxy coating and have parallel translucent lines on each side of the leaf blade. The small whitish-yellow rayless brush-like flower heads rise up on short erect stalks in fall. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. Has proven hardy to around 28 F and likely is tolerant to temperatures below this. This is an interesting gray groundcover that has unique foliage but otherwise is fairly similar to the other groundcover Senecio. This species comes from the winter rainfall south-western parts of the Western Cape Province, South Africa where it occurs in rocky areas. It is closely related to Curio citriformis, which occurs in the Little Karoo to the north, as well as to Curio crassulifolius and Curio repens (syn. Senecio serpens). The genus name Curio means "to lean" in reference to several related species with a leaning or decumbent habit. The specific epithet honors the Australian botanist and botanical illustrator Willian Archer. This plant has previously been called Senecio toxotis and it can still be found in some references under this name. This epithet reportedly comes from the plant having toxic properties and it has also been erroneously mislabeled by European nurseries as Senecio aizoides. We thank John Bleck for sharing this plant with us.  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 archeri.