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Senecio quadridentatus

Cotton Fireweed

Erect perennial herb, much-branched from base, covered in dense white cottony hairs. Often annual from perennial rootstock.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.4-1 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesNarrow stalkless leaves 8-22 cm x 2-8 mm, woolly below, with distantly toothed, rolled under margins.
  • Flower colourGreenish-yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersLarge loose terminal leafy cluster with masses of small, narrow, rayless daisy flowerheads. 3 prominent veins on floral bracts.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWidespread in all soils which are not waterlogged and/or very fertile. Withstands very dry conditions, may die back to rootstock. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useAttractive grey-white plant for bush gardens. Flowerheads can be pruned back to prevent seeding. Important food plant for moth larvae.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1, 6 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Swee Oon ©; 4 Colleen Miller ©; 3, 5 Peter Kinchington ©

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