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Senecio Senecio

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sen-ess-ee-o
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Senecio is in the daisy family and includes ragworts and groundsels. It contains over 1,000 species of flowering plants and contains both annuals and perennials from shrubs to trees to vines.

Popular types sold as house plants are blue chalksticks and string of pearls

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Senecio
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, NC, and worldwide
    Wildlife Value:
    Some plants used by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species as host plants
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are yellow (rarely white or purple) in a head resembling a small sunflower
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves alternate, often lobed or divided. Some are succulent and of various shapes and colors.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Liver toxicity; skin irritation following contact.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves