Senecio haworthii: How to Grow and Care for Cocoon Plant, Wooly Senecio

Senecio haworthii Cocoon Plant, Wooly Senecio

Scientific name: Senecio haworthii

Common name: Cocoon Plant, Wooly Senecio

It is hard to find, but it is wonderful in any arrangement. Its leaves are small and form shrubs.

Quick Look at Senecio haworthii

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide
  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by leaves and stem cuttings
  • Can be toxic to animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Senecio haworthii “Cocoon Plant”

Senecio haworthii, also known as “Cocoon Plant” or “Wooly Senecio”, does well in container gardens. Its color comes from the tiny white hairs on the leaves.


Senecio haworthii has average watering needs. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F, it’s best to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.

You can plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.


The name “Cocoon Plant” in Afrikaans is “Tontelbos”. The leaves were removed and used to start fires.

How to Propagate Senecio haworthii “Cocoon Plant”


“Cocoon Plant” thrives from leaves.

If you want to propagation a leaf, gently twist the leaf from the stem. The leaf should be a clean pull, where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will increase the chances of a successful propagation.

Allow the leaf to dry out for a day or two before placing it on the soil.


Senecio haworthii can be grown with a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


  1. Senecio haworthii (Cocoon Plant, Wooly Senecio) – Wikipedia

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