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Care of the plant Senecio petasitis or Velvet groundsel.

Care of the shrub Senecio petasitis or Velvet groundsel

The genus Senecio, family Asteraceae, comprises 1,600 species of herbaceous succulent plants and shrubs distributed over all continents. Some species are: Senecio petasitis, Senecio mikanioides, Senecio mandraliscae, Senecio kleinia, Senecio cruentus, Senecio barbertonicus, Senecio angulatus, Senecio stapeliiformis, Senecio serpens, Senecio elegans, Senecio bicolor, Senecio pseudolongifolius, Senecio jacobsenii, Senecio scaposus, Senecio macroglossus, Senecio compactus, Senecio rowleyanus.

Common names: Velvet groundsel, Butterbur Ragwort, California Geranium. This species is native to Mexico.

They are highly branched shrubs with a rounded bearing that reach 1.50 meters (4.92 feet) in height. They have large, alternate, rounded, velvety leaves. The flowers appear in terminal panicles; they are small and yellow in color.

They are used to create shrub groups and as isolated specimens; They are rustic plants that are easy to grow.

Senecio petasitis grows in full sun exposure but prefers semi-shade and temperate climates.

They can grow in any type of soil but they are grateful for a moist soil that contains abundant organic matter.

Water abundantly and frequently so that the soil does not dry out completely.

Prune in early spring to strengthen plants. Trim the branches that have flowered once the flowering is over.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by cuttings in spring or by division also in spring.

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Senecio petasitis
Senecio petasitis
Senecio petasitis
Senecio petasitis
Senecio petasitis