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Cineraria (Senecio cineraria)

S. bicolor cineraria. (DC.)Chater. Cineraria maritima.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Senecio cineraria

The plant is very tolerant of maritime exposure and can be grown as a dwarf windbreak hedge. It is fairly slow growing, though, and apt to be short-lived[K].

  • Medicinal Use

    The fresh juice of the leaves is ophthalmic. Applied to the eyes it has a mildly irritating effect that increases blood flow tot he area, helping to strengthen resistance and clear away infections[254]. One or two drops put into the eyes is said to be of use in removing cataracts and also in the treatment of conjunctivitis[4, 61, 100, 254]. This remedy should only be used under the supervision of a trained practitioner[254].

    The plant contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are highly toxic to the liver so the plant should not be used internally[254].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    The plant contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are highly toxic to the liver, so the plant should not be used internally[254].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 – 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Overwinter in a cold frame and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of mature wood, November in a greenhouse. Division in spring.
Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained moderately fertile soils[200]. Requires a well-drained sandy soil[187]. Established plants are drought resistant[190]. Plants are fairly tolerant of maritime exposure[K]. A very ornamental plant, it is not fully hardy in the colder areas of Britain[166], tolerating temperatures down to about -10¡c[187]. Plants quickly become straggly if unpruned and also tend to be fairly short-lived and are best replaced every few years.
S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.

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