Wild Flower Web
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-- All habitats --
(in flower all year round)
Loose clusters of cylindrical yellow flowerheads, usually without rays but occasionally having narrow yellow rays. Bracts are narrow and tipped black.
A dark brown, ridged, cylindrical achene, up to 2mm in length. There are hairs along its grooves.
Alternate leaves. The larger lower leaves are short-stalked and the upper ones are stalkless. Pinnate, shiny and covered with matted hairs. It's lobes are coarsely toothed.
Definitely not edible. Groundsel is very poisonous as it contains 'pyrrolizidine alkaloids'. Consumption can cause irreversible damage to the liver.
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.
Birdseed, Chickenweed, Common Butterweed, Flower of Macarius, Grimsel, Ground Glutton, Groundsel Birdseed, Grundy Swallow, Old-man-in-the-Spring, Ragwort, Simson, Squaw Weed.
Farmland, gardens, roadsides, wasteland.