What is the plant
Native to South Africa, Senecio haworthii is a perennial dwarf shrub belonging to the Asteraceae family. The cylindrical cacti-like succulent leaves look striking against other green succulents as fine white hairs cover the surfaces of the leaves.
Adrian Hardy Haworth was the first one to describe it in his Miscellanea naturalia in 1803. He used the name Cacalia tomentosa for the plant and wrote he was introduced to the plant 8 years before from his friend Benjamin Robertson. You may hear it called by its common names including Woolly Senecio and Cocoon Plant. The Cocoon plant is characterized by its remarkable cocoon-like cylindrical felted leaves. The shrub is a dwarf perennial but can grow up to 1′ foot tall. As for width, it can have a spread around 2′ feet wide. In their native habitat, these plants grow at an altitude a little more than ½ a mile high. Under the right conditions, Senecio haworthii is easy to grow. When propagated via cutting, the plant takes only a few weeks to root properly.
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