Growing Senecio Angel Wings Plants: Caring For Senecio Candicans

Senecio [Sen-ek-ee-o] Angel Wings, also referred to as Senecio Candicans, is a tender perennial with stunning silvery-white foliage like the popular dusty miller (Senecio cineraria)

This plant belongs to the Asteraceae family and originated from South America.  

Grayish mounded foliage of Senecio Angel Wings

This unique plant type was introduced by Emerald Coast Growers. 

It is rounded, evergreen, and exquisite, making it ideal for sensory gardens and other décors. 

Angel Wings is easy to maintain, is tolerant of coastal conditions, and is drought resistant.

The common names for ‘Angel Wings’ plants include:

  • Senaw
  • Marine cineraria ‘Angel Wings’
  • Sea Cabbage ‘Angel Wings’
  • Senecio Candicans ‘Senaw’

Senecio Angel Wings Plants Care

Size & Growth

The Senecio Candicans ‘Angel Wings’ has velvety leaves and white, grayish foliage. 

Aside from its silver leaves, this plant gets its distinctive look from its tightly mounded foliage.

This plant grows around 16” inches long, and slightly wider with numerous broad, heart-shaped leaves. 

Each leaf grows about 7” inches tall and 5” inches wide. 

The leaves also have tiny blunt dentations along the margins. 

The plant’s velvety texture is due to the short, dense hair covering the surface of the leaves.

Flowering and Fragrance

This plant is mostly grown as a foliage plant but produces inflorescence of yellow flowers during the summer season.

Light & Temperature

The Senaw loves to be in the full sun but also likes being placed in a brightly lit shade. 

Ensure this plant is placed under a sunny, cool spot in a well-draining mixture.

The ideal temperatures for this plant are between 70° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit (21° – 27° C) during the daytime, and 55° – 65° degrees Fahrenheit (13° – 18° C) during the night.  

The USDA hardiness zones of this plant are 8a – 11b.

Watering and Feeding

This plant needs regular watering during the initial months. 

Once it has fully established, it only requires regular watering during the dry season. 

Allow the plant to dry between watering and avoid overwatering it.

Feed this plant every month throughout its growing season. 

Utilize a water-soluble fertilizer at medium levels of nitrogen, ideally between 150 to 200 ppm.

Soil & Transplanting

This plant is not too particular about the pH level of soil and grows well in a mixture with a neutral range. 

It prefers a sandy, well-draining soil, but also likes chalk and loam mixture.

Grooming and Maintenance

The taller varieties of Senecio typically start getting floppy. 

During early spring, prune the plant back till a firm stem is reached.

The new plants need more watering, but when the plant becomes stable, it looks after itself. 

When growing in winter rainfall areas, make sure to plant it in containers and provide protection throughout the cold season.

Senaw is a hardy plant but dislikes wet, cold soils. 

Offer it protection with mulch or cloche if the soil tends to sit wet during winters.

How to Propagate Senecio Candicans

The propagation of this plant is done using cuttings, seeds, or division. 

When growing this plant through seeds, provide a warmer temperature and keep the seeds moisturized consistently during the germination process.

Cuttings and divisions are a faster way of propagation. 

Take the cuttings and divide the plant when it is in the growing stage, usually during early spring and fall.

Root the plant in well-draining, moderately fertile soil. 

It will need protection from frost when growing in mildest areas.

Senecio Candicans Pest or Diseases

Few diseases and pests bother this plant. However, be on a lookout for slugs and snails. More on how to get rid of slugs.

Keep monitoring and scouting the plant regularly to prevent any potential threats.

Maintaining the humidity levels, air circulation, and following a preventive program is vital for thriving Senecio plants. 

This plant is also deer resistant.

Senecio Angel Wings Uses

This plant looks beautiful when used in mixed containers, with other house plants, as a focal point in patio pots, borders, and beds. 

Its unique texture and color mix well with other annuals and perennials in the garden.

It also works well as a solitary plant on a balcony, patio, office desk, or office décor. 

It works great both as an outdoor plant and an indoor plant.