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Herbaceous Perennial

Senecio polyodon

pink ragwort

S. polyodon is a clump-forming perennial, to 40cm tall, with a basal rosette of leaves and branching, hairy stems bearing narrow, toothed, glossy leaves. From late spring to early autumn, purple-pink, daisy-like flowers are borne on the erect stems

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Pink Purple Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Senecio can be annuals, biennials, perennials, climbers or shrubs, some succulent, with simple or pinnately divided leaves and daisy-like flowers, occasionally without ray-florets

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Zimbabwe to South Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in full sun and a well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown with heat in spring, or by division in spring as growth begins

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Cut down stems after flowering

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust and honey fungus

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