Senecio caposus

Senecio caposus is commonly known as Woolly senecio, Silver coral' or Silver spider. This succulent is native to South Africa. It forms cobweb like rosettes of long silver leaves. The leaves are crowded and are almost banana shaped. The young leaves have a bright silver felt like coating that seems to shed as they grow older and uncover a green leaf underneath. It reminds me of a snake or lizard shedding their skin. The silver coating serves to reflect the sunlight. It helps prevent overheating and burning.

Woolly senecio

It can grow and form large mats like a ground cover when growing in its natural habitat. They are great in rock gardens. The flowers are bright yellow and look like little daisies.

Same as all succulents they like porous soil with adequate drainage. They prefer full sun or the light shade of other plants. Only water when Soil is dry to the touch. They need less water in the winter months and protected from the frost.

They are best propagated from stem cuttings. They can be taken at any time of the year. But they seem to root faster when taken in spring or summer. They need to be dried out completely before being planted in well-drained soil. Rooting should start showing in 4-6 weeks.

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