Senecio Scaposus

Synonyms:

Senecio calamifolius

Habitat:

The Senecio scaposus is native to South Africa, grows in the rocky areas of the Little Karoo in the Eastern Cape. This is a hot, dry area, making this succulent ideal for such conditions. 

Description:

Senecio scaposus is a small perennial succulent. It has a very short stem, or sometimes almost no stem at all. It grows close to the soil and makes an excellent ground cover. It will usually reach a maximum height of only 12 inches (30 cm.)
The leaves are long, cylindrical banana-shape reaching a length of 3-4 inches. They are curved, and face upwards. The young leaves are silver color because of their woolly coating. Underneath this coating, the leaves are a waxy green with a blue tinge.
The leaves grow in a rosette formation, and the rosettes themselves become thicker as new leaves emerge from the center. They will reach a diameter of about 4-5 inches.
In late spring or early summer blooms.The flowers are small and yellow, and almost resemble daisies in appearance.

Cultivation:

This succulent needs many hours of direct sunlight every day. Choose a position with some filtered shade. If overexposed to the sun may suffer sunburn.
If you prefer to cultivate indoor recommended to choose a spot in a warm room with a south-facing window.
It may be grown outside in mild climates with drained soil .Can tolerate winter rains.
The Senecio scaposus cannot tolerate frost. If overnight frost is expected, it is crucial that your plants should either be covered to protect them, or they should be taken indoors.
It not survive temperatures below 20° F( -7° C ).
Because the Senecio scaposus originates from an area with very arid conditions, it is a succulent that does not need a lot of water, we recommend to let dry completely before waterings again. Keep dry as possible in winter.
The Senecio scaposus needs a soil with excellent drainage. It can also be useful to add some perlite or pumice to the soil, to encourage good drainage.
This succulent needs a lot of nutrients. We suggest to apply a light dose of fertilizer once or twice a year, to help to nourish the soil.

Propagation:

Can propagate either by cutting or by seed.
is easier by cutting:
cut a piece as close to the base of the stem as possible. Leave it to stand for a few days, allowing it to dry out completely. It should form a callous after 3 or 4 days.
Once it has calloused, the cutting should be inserted into a pot of prepared soil and watered lightly.

Curiosity:

Also known as the Woolly senecio, the Senecio scaposus has a hairy-looking coating on its leaves, to protect it from the elements.

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