Senecio speciosus Willd.

Red-flowered Groundsel

Family: Compositae

Genus: Senecio

Category: Perennial


Purple daisy-like flowers.

From Bot. Reg. An ornamental species of a genus where few such are to be expected. The foliage has a rank weed-like smell, not unlike that of the common Dead-nettle; the bloom however, which is produced about May or June, is rather fragrant.


Introduced by Mr. George Slater in 1789.

Native to South Africa

Published in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 [Willdenow] 3(3): 1991 in 1803. Willdenow apparently based his plant on one incorrectly listed by Andrews in Bot. Repos. 291 as Senecio pseudo-china. Since it was not the true Senecio pseudochina L., Willdenow gave it the new name. It was also mistakenly noted as coming from China.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 41 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. The part of the world to which the species naturally belongs, seems not to be precisely determined. We have heard it called siberian by some, chinese by others. Introduced by Mr. George Slater in 1789.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Senecio pseudo-china Andrews - synonym

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