Scientific name: Senecio haworthii
Common name: –
Location: Cape Province, South Africa
The Senecio haworthii is a succulent which is suitable for arid and dry weather. It mainly develops in height (normally no more than 60 cm): the leaves, white because covered in dense bloom and no more than 2 cm long, are swollen at the centre and get thinner at the ends and remain close to the stem, giving the plant the its typical column posture.
Cultivation and positioning
This Senecio loves the sun and needs to be exposed for as long as possible, in every season. The seeds germinate at 15-21°. In winter it should be placed in an environment that does not go below 5°.
Fertilization and water
Like all succulents, Senecio haworthii is also affected by moisture, particularly in winter.
To keep it healthy, you need to water it once a month throughout the year, except in July, August and September, when the water supply may be needed more frequently.
The ideal soil is soft, light and well drained. You can prepare it by mixing equal amounts of balanced soil with washed river sand and, in addition, a few handfuls of perlite or pumice stone.
This Senecio, too, like all succulents, is easily multipliable by cuttings, particularly in summer: you detach a vegetative apex of 5-6 cm from the mother plant and allow the point of detachment to dry for 2-3 days, then you place it in the above suggested soil, wet.
Diseases and pests
The Senecio haworthii is rarely affected by pests or diseases, however, there is the risk that water stagnation may cause unwanted fungal attacks