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Senecio is an immense genus in the daisy family and includes annuals, biennials, perennials, climbers, shrubs and some succulents. Many are grown for the shape and color of their leaves and not for their blooms. Senecio mandraliscae makes a terrific blue groundcover, Senecio serpens terrific in containers, Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls) with its fleshy leaves resembling glass beads, is an exceptionally attractive hanging plant. All are easy to grow and require little maintenance.

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Jacobaea maritima (Dusty Miller)

Grown for its striking foliage, Jacobaea maritima or Senecio cineraria (Dusty Miller), is a bushy perennial or subshrub with silvery, finely textured, dissected leaves, sometimes with a lace-like appearance. Attractive throughout the growing season, the leaves are covered with fine matted hairs, giving them a felted or woolly, silver or white appearance.

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Senecio confusus (Mexican Flame Vine)

Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides (Mexican Flame Vine) is an attractive evergreen vine with fleshy, arrowhead-shaped leaves and large clusters of brilliant flowers over a long season. Blooming from late spring to fall (all year in mild winter areas), daisy-like, fiery orange-red flowers, adorned with golden centers, appear at the branch tips. Attractive to butterflies and bees, they gradually mature to red and give way to small dandelion-like puffs of seed. Perfect on trellis, cascading over walls or in hanging baskets.

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Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)

Prized for the shape and pretty color of its foliage, Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks) is a spreading succulent from South Africa with 3-4 in. long (7-10 cm), silvery blue, finger-like fleshy leaves and small white flowers in summer. Quickly forming a dense blue mat with its upward curving leaves, this low-growing succulent is highly versatile and ideal as a border plant or as a groundcover. Great for creating a low, blue edging too.

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Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)

A very popular ornamental plant, Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls) is a curious succulent vine with thick fleshy leaves that resemble glass beads. The threadlike stems are lined with tiny pea-shaped leaves, which store water and enable the plant survival in dry climates.

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Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks)

Hugging the ground, Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks) is a dwarf semi-trailing succulent of great ornamental appeal with its cylindrical blue-green leaves. Short, 1-2 in. long (3-5 cm), the powdery glaucous blue, finger-like fleshy leaves are borne on the prostrate stems. Ascending at first, the stems become prostrate, suckering from the base and rooting at the nodes as they touch the ground. Small creamy-white flowers held in corymbs rise just above the foliage in mid-summer to early fall

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Senecio stapeliiformis (Pickle Plant)

Senecio stapeliiformis (Pickle Plant) is a succulent perennial with erect to reclining, fleshy, bluish-green pencil-like stems, up to 10 in. long (2-25 cm) and 0.8 inches across (2 cm). They are adorned with purple-green patterns and lined with soft spines along the sides. In summer, brilliant red to orange thistle-like flowers, up to 1.4 in. across (4 cm), sit at the top of the stem. Easy to grow, Pickle Plant is great for containers and can be grown as a houseplant. Slightly cascading when mature, it is also perfect for hanging baskets.

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Senecio vitalis (Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks)

Senecio vitalis (Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks) is a spreading evergreen succulent of great ornamental appeal with its cylindrical gray-green foliage. Its slender, slightly upcurved leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), are glaucous-gray, finger-like. They encircle the trailing stems and form handsome tufts at the stem tips. Erect at first, the stems become procumbent and often root at the nodes as they touch the ground. Small creamy-white flowers held in corymbs rise just above the foliage in late spring to early summer.

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