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Heath Groundsel

Senecio sylvaticus

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Fruit:
Ridged, brown and cylindrical achene with a pappus, up to 1 inch long.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
Smells slightly foetid.
Other Names:
Mountain Common Groundsel, Mountain Groundsel, Wood Groundsel, Woodland Ragwort.
Habitats:
Farmland, heathland, meadows, roadsides, sea cliffs, wasteland, woodland.