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(Senecio scandens)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Senecio scandens
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    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].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    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.

Cultivation & Habitat

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].
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].
E. Asia – China, Japan.

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