Silvery leaves characterize it. An Argentinian native, and an ornamental plant. It is an evergreen plant with soft, velvety leaves. It is kept mostly for its distinct foliage, but it may produce yellow flowers. You can grow it for years and never see it flower.
|Scientific Name:||Senecio candicans|
|Other Names:||Sea Cabbage|
|Growth Season:||Early spring to autumn|
|Preferred Temperature:||It does best in temperatures between 21 and 27oC (70-80oF) in day time and 13-18oC (55-66oF). Also, it is moderately frost hardy and it can withstand temperatures as low as -5oC but not lower.|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Zone 8a-11b|
|Average Mature Height & Width:||It rises to a maximum height of 16 – 18 inches and a spread of 12-16 inches|
|Dormancy:||It dorms in winter when the cold causes growth hormones to stop working.|
|Toxicity:||When ingested, every part of this plant is toxic to humans and pets.|
Senecio Angel Wings Physical Characteristics
This exquisite rounded plant has rounded, large silver-white leaves. The leaves are broad toothy and velvety to the touch. It grows to about one and a half feet when domesticated. The leaves are serrated and ovate and they are somewhat droopy. Leaves grow from a stem whose color varies from green to lavender. Its flowers are rare and ornamentally insignificant even when they appear.
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Senecio Angel Wings Care
The plant is drought tolerant, which means it requires to be watered sparingly. Too much water in the soil means waterlogging which can, in turn, cause root rot. You should water it only during its growing seasons and ensure water from a previous drink is exhausted before watering next. Avoid watering the leaves because they are velvety and likely to absorb some water predisposing the succulent to fungal leaf rot.
The substrate on which you grow this plant is a major determinant of whether your watering endeavor will succeed. It should be pervious, due to its high gravel content. The pot where you grow this succulent should have drainage holes to release excess water. It is advisable to feed this plant regularly during its growing season; at least once per month with water-soluble fertilizers that contain medium hydrogen levels.
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Senecio Candicans Growth
This plant is ideal for growth in succulent gardens, Mediterranean gardens, and container plants. Also, it is salt tolerant and can grow well in coastal regions. Wherever you position it, it should be possible for people to touch it since feeling the leaves is part of its attraction. You propagate it using seeds, cuttings, or division. The division produces established plants faster than the other methods. You can trim this succulent so as to promote leaf growth or remove dry leaves. You should seek to retain its leaves as possible.
Repotting is necessary every time it doubles in size. It is vulnerable to mealybugs and snails, they aren’t a significant threat, but you must watch out to avoid infestation.
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