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This absolutely amazing succulent shrub is endemic to the Canary Islands, where it evolved, over millions of years, into this quite unique plant with thick, contorted, sausage-like branches, forming a rounded dome. The bare, multi-branching stems are tipped with clumps of leathery, narrow, grey-green leaves which have clumps of attractive creamy flowers on them in late winter and early spring. These finally turn into sizeable globular seed heads, resembling snowballs, at the end of each stem adding to its year-long attraction. What more can a plant provide! In the wild It is found in dry coastal areas, and because of its exceptional ornamental value it is often grown in gardens too. Very rarely offered as good fertile seed, this very showy, architectural and spectacular plant does well outside in warmer countries, but is also perfect in a large container elsewhere.

Senecio Kleinia

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