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Senecio scandens - Buch.-Ham.                
                 
Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
Synonyms
Known Hazards One report says that this species is slightly toxic[147], it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver[65]. Some caution is advised.
Habitats Shady and damp places by roads[147]. Forests in the Himalayas, 1800 - 3600 metres from Uttar Pradesh to Bhutan[51].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Senecio scandens is an evergreen Climber growing to 5 m (16ft 5in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

USDA hardiness zone : 8-11


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Senecio scandens


Senecio scandens
   
Habitats       
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Depurative;  Febrifuge;  Ophthalmic.

The whole plant is depurative, febrifuge and ophthalmic[147, 178]. Internally, a decoction is used in the treatment of epidemic influenza, malaria, boils and abscesses, acute conjunctivitis, dysentery and enteritis[147]. The plant can also be crushed and applied externally[147].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained moderately fertile soils[200]. Not very hardy in Britain, it succeeds outdoors in the milder areas of the country where it needs to be grown on a sunny sheltered wall[182]. Requires a warm, dry essentially frost-free climate[200]. Plants can be cut back to the ground in cold winters, though they usually resprout from the base[219]. A climbing plant, it needs support and to be tied onto wires[182]. Any pruning is best carried out in spring[219].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Root cuttings in early spring[200].
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Author                                         
Buch.-Ham.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
51200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[51]Polunin. O. and Stainton. A. Flowers of the Himalayas.
A very readable and good pocket guide (if you have a very large pocket!) to many of the wild plants in the Himalayas. Gives many examples of plant uses.
[147]? A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
[178]Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica.
A translation of an ancient Chinese herbal. Fascinating.
[182]Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[219]Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.

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