Senecio gunnii

Mountain Fireweed

Erect perennial herb with stems moderately covered with grey cottony hairs. Spreading from underground roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1 m high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves egg-shaped to elliptic, broader towards tip, 4-12 cm x 8-25 mm, upper leaves narrower; often purple and densely hairy below, may become hairless above; margins shallowly toothed to entire.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersDense cluster of 10-100 small narrow rayless daisy flowers. White-cottony hairs on lower half of bracts.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in montane forests. Snow tolerant. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useA grey foliaged plant for high altitude gardens.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it may be common. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1-3 Ken Harris ©; 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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