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Common Groundsel

Senecio vulgaris

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
(in flower all year round)
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, roadsides, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, no petals
 
Loose clusters of cylindrical yellow flowerheads, usually without rays but occasionally having narrow yellow rays. Bracts are narrow and tipped black.
Fruit:
A dark brown, ridged, cylindrical achene, up to 2mm in length. There are hairs along its grooves.
Leaves:
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.
Other Names:
Birdseed, Chickenweed, Common Butterweed, Flower of Macarius, Grimsel, Ground Glutton, Groundsel Birdseed, Grundy Swallow, Old-man-in-the-Spring, Ragwort, Simson, Squaw Weed.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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