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Shrubby Butterweed – Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii
(sen-EE-see-oh FLAS-i-dus DUG-las-ee-eye)

Family: Asteraceae (Sunfl...
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Gardening sheet senecio flaccidus


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Gardening sheet senecio flaccidus

  1. 1. Shrubby Butterweed – Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii (sen-EE-see-oh FLAS-i-dus DUG-las-ee-eye) Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family) Native to: Much of Southwestern U.S. from CA to CO, TX and northwestern Mexico; common plant in gravelly washes and dry creek beds, and along roads and trails in coastal sage scrub, chaparral and S. Oak Woodlands, usually away from the coast. woody sub-shrub mature height: 1-3 ft. mature width: 2-3 ft. Small, many-branched rounded shrub, woody at the base but herbaceous above. Foliage finetextured, an attractive blue-green. Leaves have narrow, needle-like lobes and may be smooth or hairy. Growth characteristics: Blooms July to November in lowlands of Los Angeles Co. Flowers are showy, oneinch yellow ‘daisy’ flowers on stems above the foliage. Seeds are wind-borne with fluffy hairs. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Most useful as a fall-blooming shrub in dry native gardens. Also good for slope stabilization/erosion control. Would do fine in large post/planters. animals and humans. Flowers produce a yellow dye. Note: plant is toxic to Sensible substitute for: Non-native shrubby sunflowers like Marguerites. Attracts: Excellent insect and bird habitat. Particularly good as fall butterfly nectar plant. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to part shade. Any, but sandy or rocky soils preferred. Little to no water once established (Zone 1/2) none Management: Easy to grow. Will re-seed on bare ground. Propagation: from seed: direct sow outdoors in fall by cuttings: probably, late spring Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1, 6, 10, 13, 14, 16 12/15/10 © Project SOUND