Velvet Groundsel

Also known as:
Senecio Petasites, California Geranium
South Africa

General description

Erect perennial shrub <2m tall. Stems often reddish & coated in hairs. Large coarsely- toothed oval leaves also covered in hairs, giving them a velvety texture. Bunches of small yellow daisy-like flowers (Jul-Nov) followed by numerous white fluffy seeds.

Forest margins, clearings, roadsides. Prefers semi-shade.

Prolific seeder, seeds dispersed by wind. Plants can also establish from stem fragments and layering

Spreads in open forest. Dense foliage growth shades & crowds out native species.

Site management

Replant with native species to prevent re-establishment.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out smaller plants & spray regrowth (10ml clopyralid/10L).
2. Cut & stump paint larger plants with Vigilant gel.
3. Spray (10ml clopyralid/10L). Do not use clopyralid in home gardens.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Bartlettina sordida

Bartlettina has pink flowers, its leaves are opposite and their margins have smaller teeth.

blue spur flower
Plectranthus ecklonii, P. grandis

Both Plectranthus species lack red veins on leaves. Plectranthus flowers are blue & have erect spikes.

Cape ivy
Senecio angulatus

Cape ivy has similar flowers but has much smaller, fleshy leaves.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
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