Senecio linearifolius var. denticulatus

Fireweed Groundsel

Erect to shrubby aromatic perennial herb with mainly hairless stems. Many-stemmed from the base but branching mostly in upper half.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 1-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesNarrow to narrow-lance-shaped stalkless upper stem leaves 10-30 cm x 5-20 mm, if present small ear-like lobes at base; hairless to lightly cobwebby below, secondary veins raised, tertiary veins just distinct; teeth scattered along margins.
  • Flower colourBright yellow
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersLarge terminal flat-topped clusters of daisy flowerheads with 4-8 ray florets.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsCool moist soils in forests. Colonising plant especially after fire and other disturbance. Semi-shade, dappled shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive understorey plant with bright flowers over summer. Foliage has a distinctive varnishy smell, giving that delightful bushy aroma on humid days.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesVery similar and often occurring with Senecio linearifolius var. linearifolius but distinguished by the toothed margins on the leaves.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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