Pronounciation: Se-NEC-i-o VIR-a VIR-a
Sunset All (needs protection in zones 1-3)
Landscape Use: Annual or perennial border plant, accent, in combination with other annuals and/or perennials. This is a great container plant for textural and gray color accent, useful container plant around pools.
Form & Character: Evergreen perennial subshrub, formal
Growth Habit: Densely mounding 1 to 2 feet (when not in bloom)
Foliage/texture: Senecio vira vira leaves are densely tomentose to 2.5 inches long, deeply pinnately dissected into 2 to 4 pairs of linear, entire segments; medium coarse texture. S. cineraria leaves are also white, densely tomentose, pinnately cut into oblong blunt segments, might become green on upper surface, especially in shaded areas; coarse texture.
Flowers & fruits: White to small, yellow ray flowers on long stalks during warm season, Senecio vira vira are especially unsightly.
Seasonal color: None
Light: Full to partial sun
Soil: Well drained
Pruning: Remove flowers stalks, flower stalks of Senecio vira vira are taller of the two species and needs to be pinched terminally upon emergence to maintain dense growth habit.
Propagation: Seed or cuttings
Disease and pests: Root rot in if a wet poorly drained location, snails and slugs in California.
Additional comments: Fire retardant; tough foliar accent for flower beds and gardens.