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Senecio minimus

Shrubby Fireweed

Erect to spreading aromatic annual herb, sometimes branching at base, stems have parallel ridges and purplish tinge.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.5 m high
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesStalkless elliptic to lance-shaped leaves 6-25 cm x 1-4 cm with toothed lobes clasping stem and finely toothed margins.
  • Flower colourPale yellow
  • Flowering timeDecember to April
  • FlowersLarge terminal leafy cluster with masses of small rayless daisy flowerheads. Narrow pale green bracts at base of narrow flowerheads.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in cool forests. Coloniser of disturbed places especially along tracks and after fires. Semi-shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useProvides a natural look to bush gardens.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1-3, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

Plant Communities

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  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 41 Swamp Paperbark Riparian Thicket (EVC 59)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 43 Buxton Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 45 Lemon Bottlebrush Rocky Outcrop Shrubland (EVC 28)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
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