Senecio macroglossus

Water Needs

low; moderate

Senecio macroglossus
Flowering Ivy

3 x 1.5 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




pale to lemon-yellow; summer; on and off through the year

sun; semi-shade; afternoon sun; trellis; pergola; shrubbery; screen; walls; sandy soils; narrow spaces; container; fast-growing easy-care; wildlife insects bees butterflies; clay soils;

Garden Situation


woodland forest; rocky places


Thicket; Subtropical East Coast; Bushveld savanna; Highveld

Rain Season


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Luckily, this attractive genus provides a small-garden alternative to the well-known rampant Canary Creeper, S. tamoides. A slender creeper with small creamy-yellow daisy flowers that cover the small, ivy-shaped leaves through summer, and on and off through the year. It is neat and small enough to twine quickly over a pergola or up a trellis without interfering with any gutters or tiles. Prune back at the end of winter. Sun, semi-shade. Flowers mainly in summer. There is a variegated form that would help lighten a shady spot, but in the sun, I prefer the stronger, bright green leaves to show off the lemon-yellow flowers.

Senecio macroglossus
Senecio macroglossus