SENECIO

This genus includes over 1,300 species, very few of garden value. Senecio greyii (laxifolius) is an attractive, slightly tender evergreen shrub. It grows to about 4 ft. with an almost equal spread. The grey, downy leaves are balanced by golden-yellow daisy-like flowers in late summer. Increase by cuttings of well-ripened shoots in early autumn. Senecio elegans (Jacobaea erecta) is a little-grown hardy annual to about 20 in. with feathery leaves and compact heads of red, pink, purple, mauve or white flowers which are excellent for cutting. These may be either single or double. Sutton’s Bright Rose is a good variety which branches very freely.

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