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PlantFiles: Senecio
Senecio oxyriifolius subsp. tropaeolifolius

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Senecio (sen-ek-ee-o ) (Info)
Species: oxyriifolius subsp. tropaeolifolius

Synonym:Senecio tropaeolifolius

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lazepherine On Nov 19, 2009, lazepherine from Seattle, WA wrote:

Another synonym for senecio oxyriifolius is senecio orbicularis. This is a tough little succulent vine - It survived two winters outdoors here in Seattle. Unfortunately this past winter was exceptionally cold so I lost it, but luckily I've acquired anther specimen. It has bright, golden-yellow blooms (the color of egg-yolks) a little garish, but much loved by pollinators, and typical of the senecios. Bloom stalks range from 6 to 16 inches long, are semi-pendulous like the floiage, then curve up at the ends to present their blossoms skywards. Contrast between the thick, rubbery, glaucous foliage and bloom color is striking. This vine has an interesting growth habit in that it does not seem to naturally branch until a bloom stalk has formed - at which point the single stem will divide into two growing points. I will post photos to better illustrate this growth pattern. A lovely, fun, succulent vine - great for container plantings.

Positive JRush On Sep 30, 2005, JRush from Guilford, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a fast growing succulent, also known as succulent Nasturtium. It is also used as a Bonsai specimen. The root system forms a gnarled structure, which is then exposed above the soil surface. Cuttings are easily rooted in damp sand/potting soil mix. So far I have been unable to control this plants growth - it prefers to be a vine rather than a Bonsai!

Neutral palmbob On Mar 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

meandering groundcover with 2" succulent angular leaves, from South Africa.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Nacimiento, California
Seattle, Washington

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