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The yellow flowerheads are stalked, up to 5mm wide. The ray florets curl backwards, usually unlike those of the similar-looking shorter plant, Common Groundsel. The bracts are narrow and purple-tipped. Heath Groundsel flowerheads are more conical than those of Common Groundsel.
Ridged, brown and cylindrical achene with a pappus, up to 1 inch long.
An annual flower with narrowly lanceolate leaves and more deeply and irregular lobes than Common Groundsel. The leaves are alternate and short-stalked, however the upper leaves are stalkless. The leaf lobes are sparsely toothed and have entire margins. Heath Groundsel is a stickily downy plant.
The entire plant is poisonous to humans.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Smells slightly foetid.
Mountain Common Groundsel, Mountain Groundsel, Wood Groundsel, Woodland Ragwort.
Farmland, heathland, meadows, roadsides, sea cliffs, wasteland, woodland.