Senecio haworthii

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Senecio haworthii
Senecio haworthii, Jardín Botánico, Múnich, Alemania 2012-04-21, DD 01.jpg
Woolly senecio
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Senecio
S. haworthii
Binomial name
Senecio haworthii

Cacalia haworthii Sweet
Kleinia haworthii (Sweet) DC.
Source: AFPD,[1] IPNI[2]

Senecio haworthii also known as Woolly senecio is a perennial dwarf shrub of the Senecio genus that grows in South Africa usually between the altitudes of 900 and 1200 meters.[1]


Its first description was written by Adrian Hardy Haworth, in Miscellanea naturalia, 1803, p. 189, with the name of Cacalia tomentosa. Haworth stated that he had received the plant, introduced eight years before, from the Stockwell Botanical Garden of his friend Benjamin Robertson.[3]


The leaves are remarkably densely felted, so much so that the felt can be stripped off, dried, and used as tinder. The plant is accordingly called "tontelbos" in Afrikaans. The word means "tinder bush". Though its flowers are nothing special to look at, the plant is striking, easily grown, and fairly attractive; a plucked stem, or even a leaf, can be stuck into warm, not-too-dry earth, where it will strike root without special attention. Like most Richtersveld plants it does not do well in wet soil, but is not in general a demanding garden subject.[4]


Like in nature, Senecio haworthii needs well-drained sandy loams, rare water and full sun.


  1. ^ a b "Senecio haworthii (Sweet) Sch.Bip. record n° 98154". African Plants Database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  2. ^ "Plant Name Details for Senecio haworthii". International Plant Names Index (IPNI). International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  3. ^ Senecio haworthii - SANBI article
  4. ^ Senecio haworthii - Succulent Encyclopedia

External links[edit]

Media related to Caputia tomentosa at Wikimedia Commons