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Senecio, Variegated Flowering Ivy, German Ivy, Natal Ivy, Turtle Ivy 'Variegatus'

Senecio macroglossus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Senecio (sen-ek-ee-o ) (Info)
Species: macroglossus (mak-roh-GLOS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatus


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Capistrano Beach, California

Cloverdale, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Laguna Beach, California

Vista, California

Orlando, Florida

Appomattox, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 5, 2004, Pameladragon from Appomattox, VA wrote:

I grow a solid green S. macroglossus that came from an orchid breeder in Naples, FL. It looks exactly like a mini english ivy but is much easier to grow and propagate. I plan to allow it to vine up the side of a window in our garden room.

Propagation is a snap, just cut off a piece and push it into moist soil.

This plant makes few demands on the gardener and can grow in many light situations. Makes a wonderful indoor specimen in the north.


On Apr 21, 2004, janita wrote:

the interesting thing about this quick climber is that although it looks very much like ivy, it is actually part of the daisy family. it's a pleasure to have in the garden... apart from the fact that it needs no looking after, it's pale cream flowers are an unexpected delight.


On Feb 17, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

A small variegated succulent Senecio, has yellow daisy like flowers, has grown rapidly in the sunroom over the winter. Specimen came from Huntington Botanical Garden Introductions.

Senecio macroglossus is found on the eastern coast of South Africa from around Knysna in the Western Cape through East London in the Eastern Cape and further north into Lesotho and the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, where it is commonly found growing in forest and thicket margins.