Herb latin name: Brachyglottis laxifolia

Synonyms: Senecio greyi, Senecio laxifolius

Family: Compositae

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

July to

Habitat of Brachyglottis laxifolia:

Mountains, 900 - 1500 metres on South Island.

Other uses of the herb:

Very tolerant of maritime exposure, it can be grown as a windbreak hedge. Fairly slow growing though, eventually making a dense hedge to 1.8 metres tall.

Propagation of Brachyglottis laxifolia:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Overwinter in a cold frame and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of mature wood, 5 - 8cm preferably with a heel, October/November in a cold frame. High percentage. Plant out in late spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mountains, 900 - 1500 metres on South Island.

Medicinal use of Brachyglottis laxifolia:

None known

Known hazards of Brachyglottis laxifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.