HARDY PERENNIALS: SENECIO

S. przewalskii, this species has been included here, because the change of name for certain Senecios to Ligu-larias is somewhat hazy in peoples minds, and common usage is an important factor to consider. Regardless of which classification is correct S. przewalskii for all its awkward name is a very good garden plant for not too dry a position. It sends up narrowly tapering 5 feet spikes in high summer, which stand stiffly erect, and the stems are close to black in colour. The flowers themselves are bright yellow and though small and of a somewhat ragged appearance, contrast strikingly with the stems and the deeply cut leaves. The basal leaves too, are deeply incised, and of a size to provide a basal mound of foliage. I once came across a variation of this plant for which no variation was on records at my disposal, and was advised to give it a cultivar name to distinguish it from the type. The name chosen S. ‘The Rocket’ signifies its habit in flower, of sending up colourful spikes, even brighter than the type, and they come a week or two later. The leaves are more rounded but no less handsome. Both these plants make a large but compact clump, though easy to divide in autumn or spring anc’ they revel in rich or moist soil without being a nuisance. Such upstanding, spikey subject can contribute much to variety of form in a bed or border.

SENECIO przewalskii

SENECIO przewalskii

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