Senecio barbertonicus: Barberton Groundsel


The Barberton Groundsel or Succulent Bush Senecio [Senecio barbertonicus]is an evergreen succulent shrub of the family Asteraceae and genus Senecio, native to Southern Africa, named after one of its native localities Barberton and is now also being cultivated elsewhere for its drought resistance, clusters of sweetly scented, golden yellow, tufted flower heads in winter and attractiveness to butterflies, the Painted Lady butterfly [Vanessa cardui] in particular.


A succulent bush growing over 6 feet [2 m] tall and wide with a fleshy trunk, light green, cylindrical, finger-like leaves 2 inches [5 cm] to 4 inches [10 cm] in length and 0.2 inches [0.51 cm] to 0.4 inches [1.0 cm] in diameter, densely packed around the stem and curved at the base to lie parallel to the stem and pointing upwards.  The fragrant yellow flowers produce seeds with a dense tuft of bristles.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore, 20120719

Source: Wikipedia

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