Senecio medley-woodii

Scientific name: Senecio medley-woodii Hutch

Author: John Hutchinson (1884-1972)

Common name: None Recorded

Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

 

   

Location

Plenty of Winter colour is on display in the African section of the Rock Garden. On the Visitors Map this area is adjacent to the Brunet Meadow and below the Proteaceae section of the Garden.

 


Planted out in August 2001 our featured daisy, Senecio medley-woodii, is now well enough established to put on a really good show.

'Recorded only from Natal Province, South Africa, Senecio medley-woodii grows in the Lebombo Mountains near Jozini up to the Umtamvuna River on the KwaZulu-Natal/Transkei Border. It can be encountered up to 600 metres above sea level in scrubby vegetation on cliff edges, particularly above river gorges and on the granite outcrops in the Port Shepstone district. It flowers mainly June to July and Olive Hilliard considers Senecio medley-woodii to be a handsome plant worth cultivating. Adapted from: Hilliard, O.M.1977. Compositae in Natal. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg.'

Here, Senecio medley-woodii is growing with a northerly aspect in acidic basalt-derived soil, surrounded by our local basalt rock.