Barberton Senecio

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Senecio barbertonicus (Succulent Bush Senecio)

Senecio barbertonicus (Succulent Bush Senecio) is a succulent shrub with fleshy, cylindrical leaves densely packed around the stems. It…


A succulent bush growing over 6 feet (2 m) tall and wide with a fleshy trunk, light green, cylindrical, finger-like leaves 2 inches (5 cm) to 4 inches (10 cm) in length and 0.2 inches (0.51 cm) to 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) in diameter, densely packed around the stem and curved at the base to lie parallel to the stem and pointing upwards. [5]

The fragrant yellow flowers, 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) wide and 3 inches (7.6 cm) long, bloom July through September, [3] are terminal and produce seeds with a dense tuft of bristles.

Senecio barbertonicus is hardy to at least 25 °F (−4 °C). [4]

Senecio barbertonicus grows predominantly in rocky grassland and bushveld in Southern Africa in areas ranging from Swaziland and Mozambique, to Eastern parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa [3] at altitudes between 110 feet (34 m) and 5,500 feet (1,700 m). [6]

It is locally common in protected areas in eastern, central, and southwestern Swaziland [7] in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West. [6]

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height : 3 feet to 5 feet
Plant Spread : 3 feet to 5 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Senecio barbertonicus – Indoor House Plants

Senecio barbertonicus is an evergreen succulent shrub, grows up to 2 m tall and wide, with a succulent, cylindrical, finger-
like, light green leaves are 5 cm to 10 cm long and 0.2 to 0.4 inches in diameter, densely packed around the stem and curved at the base to lie parallel to the stem and pointing upwards. The sweet-scented bright yellow flowers, 3 inches long and 0.4 inches in diameter. Fruits are 3.5 mm long, cylindrical, ribbed and covered with stiff hairs between the ribs. It blooms from July through September.

Scientific Name: Senecio barbertonicus
Common Names: Succulent bush senecio, Barberton senecio, Barberton groundsel, Barberton coltsfoot, lemon bean bush,
finger-leaved senecio.

How to grow and maintain Senecio barbertonicus :

It flourishes best in bright, indirect light to partial light shade.

It is not particular as to soil type or pH. But make sure the soil is moist at all times during the spring and summer months.

Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but never allow your plant to sit in water. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.

Barberton senecio thrives well in optimal room temperatures are 18 degrees Celsius – 24 degrees Celsius. Also can tolerate cooler temperatures even as low as 10°C in winter while the plant is dormant.

Fertilize the plant every month with a weak solution of balanced fertilizer.

Prune back some of the new growth each year to encourage the plant to shrub out additional.

Senecio barbertonicus can be easily propagated by divided or re-potted in early spring.

Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. They can occasionally be affected by scale and mealy bugs.

About Succulent Bush Senecio

  • Senecio Barbertonicus succulents belong to the family Asteraceae.
  • This succulent is also referred to as the daisy or sunflower Senecio (Curio) and its genus contains about 1600 species of shrubs, small trees, climbers, or aquatics.
  • Senecio is one of the largest genres of flowering plants, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are plenty of mesmerizing Senecio plants
  • Their scientific genus name Senecio comes from the Latin word “senex” which means “old man” and is probably referring to their lazy hanging stems or to the hairs that cover the seeds.
  • Succulent Bush Senecio is an ideal succulent for adding diversity to your garden or your indoor succulent collection.
  • This Succulent Bush can grow pretty tall. As a result, it can also become heavy and fall over. If it begins to collapse, prune the top until the stems are more stable.
  • Like all desert species, Senecio Barbertonicus plants prefer warm environments and plenty of bright sunlight. They are not frost-hardy but can handle hot temperatures well.
  • The ideal growing medium for Senecio succulents is a well-draining potting soil. When you plant or repot Senecio succulents, make sure the containers have drainage holes at the bottom.
  • Succulent Bush Senecio plants require repotting once every 2-3 years and occasional feedings. Use fertilizers that are low in nitrogen, but rich in potassium and phosphorous.
  • Senecio succulents can store large amounts of water, so they are very drought-tolerant. They need to be watered only when the soil has dried out completely.
  • They can be toxic for humans and animals if ingested, so it is recommended to grow them in a place where curious cats and dogs cannot reach their succulent leaves or stems.

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