Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' Brachyglottis (Dunedin Group) 'Sunshine'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
brachyglottis 'Sunshine'


Brachyglottis 'Sunshine', commonly known as the shrubby ragwort, is a robust evergreen shrub known for its attractive foliage and bright, cheerful flowers. The plant's leaves are broad, oval-shaped, and have a thick, leathery texture. They boast a distinctive gray-green color with a felty texture, owing to the fine, silvery hairs that cover their surface, which also gives the foliage a slightly silver appearance, particularly in sunlight. During the blooming period, which typically occurs in the summer, the shrubby ragwort becomes adorned with daisy-like flowers that provide a striking contrast against the silvery foliage. These flowers are a vibrant yellow, which adds a splash of color and can brighten up any garden space. The yellow petals surround a central disc of tiny, tubular flowers, creating a composite flower head which is a common characteristic of plants in its family. The shrubby ragwort has a bushy habit, with a dense growth of foliage that can create a lush appearance in the landscape. The branches of the shrub are woody, providing a sturdy structure for the plant. The overall aesthetic of the shrubby ragwort, with its combination of bright flowers and silvery leaves, makes it a popular choice for gardeners looking to add both texture and color to their outdoor spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Brachyglottis 'Sunshine', Sunshine Brachyglottis, Shrubby Senecio, Daisy Bush, Brachyglottis.

    • Common names

      Senecio Greyi, Senecio Kirkii.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is not known to be highly toxic to humans. There is little to no information on severe poisoning from ingestion of this plant. However, as with many garden plants, it may cause mild stomach upset if ingested in large quantities, and the sap could potentially cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

    • To pets

      The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is also not known to be highly toxic to pets. While it is generally advised to prevent pets from eating plants, ingestion of this plant typically may only cause mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. If a pet shows symptoms of illness after ingesting any part of this plant, contact a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy Maintenance: The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is known for being low-maintenance, which is ideal for gardeners looking for plants that do not require a lot of fuss.
    • Drought Resistance: With its ability to withstand periods of low water availability, this plant is great for areas prone to drought or for gardeners who seek to conserve water.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The bright yellow flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, promoting biodiversity in the garden.
    • Year-Round Interest: With its silver-gray foliage and sunny yellow flowers, Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' provides visual interest throughout the seasons.
    • Rapid Growth: It features a relatively quick growth rate, quickly filling in spaces and providing coverage in gardens or landscapes.
    • Tolerance of Coastal Conditions: Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is well-suited to coastal gardens due to its tolerance for salty air and windy conditions.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: It can be used in a variety of settings such as borders, hedges, or as a focal point due to its attractive appearance.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dye Production: Certain parts of the Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' plant can be used to extract natural dyes for coloring fabrics or artwork.
    • Photography: The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' with its bright yellow flowers can serve as a stunning subject for botanical photography.
    • Education: This plant can be included in educational programs to teach botany and plant cultivation practices.
    • Landscape Design: As a versatile garden plant, Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' can be used to create focal points or to provide contrasting color and texture in landscape designs.
    • Erosion Control: The plant's root system can help stabilize soil in areas at risk of erosion.
    • Crafts: Dried flowers and leaves of Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' may be used in flower arrangements or other craft projects.
    • Performance Art: The plant's striking appearance can be incorporated into performance art pieces, particularly those that take place outdoors and interact with the natural environment.
    • Gastronomy: While not a common use, some parts of the plant could be investigated for their potential as a unique flavoring agent in adventurous culinary experiments, after ensuring they are safe for consumption.
    • Ecological Studies: Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' can serve as a subject in ecological studies focusing on plant interactions with their environment or pollinators.
    • Companion Planting: It may be beneficial in companion planting, potentially attracting beneficial insects or deterring pests from more sensitive neighboring plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Brachyglottis 'Sunshine', known commonly as Brachyglottis, is a hardy plant that can withstand tough conditions, symbolizing the ability to endure and bounce back from challenges.
    • Optimism: The bright yellow flowers of the Brachyglottis plant evoke a sense of happiness and positivity, making it a symbol of good cheer and an optimistic outlook on life.
    • Adaptability: This plant can thrive in a variety of soils and conditions, symbolizing adaptability and versatility, reminding us to be flexible and open to change.
    • Everlasting: Brachyglottis has evergreen foliage, which symbolizes eternal life or memory, suggesting an everlasting presence or influence.
    • Colorful personality: The striking appearance of Brachyglottis 'Sunshine', with its silvery foliage and yellow flowers, can represent a vibrant or colorful personality, full of life and uniqueness.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' prefers to be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water the plant deeply until water runs out of the drainage holes, indicating thorough saturation. This typically means providing about 1 gallon of water for a medium-sized plant every 7 to 10 days, but this can vary depending on the environment and pot size. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant is not actively growing, to avoid water-logged soil which can cause root rot. Always check the soil moisture before watering to ensure the plant truly needs it, as overwatering can be detrimental.

  • sunLight

    'Sunshine' Senecio thrives in a spot where it can receive full sun to partial shade. Ideally, provide it with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, positioning it in a south or west-facing garden for optimum growth. However, in extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade can be beneficial to prevent leaf scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Senecio 'Sunshine' is hardy in a wide range of temperatures but performs best when the temperature is between 50°F and 75°F. The plant can withstand short periods of colder weather down to about 20°F but is not frost-tolerant. In extreme temperatures, it is best to provide protection or move potted plants indoors.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Senecio 'Sunshine' to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth, ideally in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead or damaged stems, and trim back up to one-third of the plant if necessary. Regular pruning isn't essential, but it can help promote a more attractive, compact form of the shrub.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Daisy Bush 'Sunshine' thrives in well-draining soil with a peat-based or loam-based mix, enriched with organic material. A balanced soil pH around 6.0 to 7.5 is ideal for this shrub.

  • plantRepotting

    Daisy Bush 'Sunshine' does not need frequent repotting and should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Daisy Bush 'Sunshine' prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity conditions common in most homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, protect from direct sun.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with shelter from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Brachyglottis 'Sunshine', commonly known as the Sunshine Senecio, begins its life cycle as a seed. When conditions are suitable, it germinates, usually in spring, and a small seedling emerges. As the seedling matures into a juvenile plant, it develops its characteristic gray-green, ovate leaves with a fuzzy texture, and a sturdy stem structure. The Sunshine Senecio reaches maturity in a few years, and in early to mid-summer, it produces bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into seeds that are distributed by wind or wildlife, perpetuating the plant's life cycle. As a perennial, it can live for several years, but may require pruning to maintain shape and vigor, ensuring a healthy, long-lasting presence in the garden.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' is through semi-ripe cuttings. This is typically done in late summer when the new growth from the spring and summer has started to firm up. To propagate, cut a 4- to 6-inch (10 to 15 cm) length of stem that has this year's growth, ensuring to include a few leaf nodes. Strip the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder or gel to encourage root growth. Then, plant the cutting in a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a fine horticultural grit, ensuring that at least one leaf node is below the surface. The pot should be kept under a clear plastic bag or a propagator to maintain humidity, and placed in indirect light where temperatures are stably warm, around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius). Roots usually develop within a few weeks, after which point the new plant can be gradually acclimatized to outside conditions.