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Golden Ragwort

Senecio doria

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
130 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, meadows, riversides, rocky places, waterside, wetland.

Yellow, many petals
The daisy-like flowers appear in clusters and are golden yellow.
The fruit is an achene with a pappus of hairs attached to it.
A perennial garden escape species with narrow, linear leaves. The mid-green leaves have pointed teeth along their margins.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Senecio doria is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family (Asteraceae). It is native to the Canary Islands, specifically, the island of La Palma. It typically grows in rocky habitats, such as cliffs, rock crevices and rocky slopes, at high elevations. The plant has small yellow flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer, and its leaves are basal, lobed, and covered with fine white hairs. It is considered a herbaceous perennial and is considered a threatened species due to habitat destruction, over collection and grazing. This species is a member of the genus Senecio, which is known for its large number of species that are found all over the world, in a wide range of habitats.


Golden ragwort, scientifically known as Senecio dorii, is a plant species native to the eastern United States. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is also known by the common names of golden senecio, golden groundsel, and squawweed. Golden ragwort is a perennial plant that can grow up to two feet tall and three feet wide. It has bright yellow flowers that bloom in early spring and are held in clusters at the top of the stem.

Golden ragwort is a popular plant for use in gardens and landscaping because of its attractive flowers and hardy nature. It is also used in some traditional herbal remedies for a variety of health issues.

The leaves of golden ragwort are distinctive and easy to identify. They are dark green in color, with a toothed edge and a slightly hairy texture. The leaves are also somewhat heart-shaped, which adds to their visual appeal.

One of the interesting things about golden ragwort is that it is known to be a useful plant for controlling erosion. Because it has a dense, fibrous root system, it can help to stabilize soil on steep slopes or in areas where the soil has been disturbed. This makes it a good choice for use in landscaping and restoration projects.

Golden ragwort is also an important plant for pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies. The flowers provide nectar and pollen, which attract these important insects. This is particularly important in early spring when few other plants are in bloom.

Despite its many benefits, golden ragwort is not without its drawbacks. It can be toxic to livestock if ingested in large quantities, and the plant can also cause skin irritation in some people. However, as long as proper precautions are taken, golden ragwort is a safe and valuable plant to have in your garden or landscape.

Golden ragwort is a fascinating and useful plant that has a lot to offer. Its bright yellow flowers, distinctive leaves, and ability to control erosion make it an excellent choice for gardens and landscaping. Additionally, its role in supporting pollinators and traditional medicine makes it a valuable plant in many ways.

Golden ragwort is a relatively low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade, although it can also tolerate full sun. It is a hardy plant that can withstand a variety of weather conditions, making it a great choice for areas with fluctuating temperatures or inconsistent rainfall.

In terms of traditional herbal medicine, golden ragwort has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and analgesic properties, and has been used to treat conditions such as arthritis, kidney stones, and respiratory infections. However, it is important to note that scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited, and the plant should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment without consulting a healthcare professional.

It's also worth mentioning that there are several other species of Senecio, some of which can be toxic. It's important to ensure that you are working with the correct species if you plan to use golden ragwort for any purpose. Additionally, if you have livestock, it's important to keep them away from golden ragwort to prevent any potential toxicity issues.

Golden ragwort is a unique and valuable plant that has a lot to offer in terms of its beauty, ability to control erosion, and benefits for pollinators and traditional medicine. As with any plant, it's important to take precautions and do your research to ensure that it is used safely and effectively.

Another interesting aspect of golden ragwort is its historical and cultural significance. The plant has been used by Native American tribes for a variety of purposes, including as a natural dye and a traditional medicine. The Cherokee people used the plant as a wash for treating snakebites, while the Iroquois used it to treat respiratory ailments and as a poultice for skin irritations.

Golden ragwort was also used by early European settlers, who introduced it to Europe as an ornamental plant. It quickly gained popularity, and today it is commonly grown in gardens and parks throughout the continent.

In addition to its historical and cultural significance, golden ragwort also has ecological value. As a native plant, it plays an important role in supporting local ecosystems and biodiversity. By planting golden ragwort in your garden, you can help to support pollinators and other wildlife, as well as protect local plant species.

In recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of native plants for landscaping and restoration projects. Golden ragwort is an excellent example of a native plant that can be both beautiful and useful, and is well-suited for a variety of different environments. By incorporating more native plants like golden ragwort into our landscapes, we can help to create more sustainable and resilient ecosystems that benefit both people and the planet.

In conclusion, golden ragwort is a fascinating and versatile plant that has a lot to offer. Its historical and cultural significance, ecological value, and many practical uses make it a valuable addition to any garden or landscape. Whether you are interested in traditional herbal medicine, ecology, or simply adding some beauty to your backyard, golden ragwort is a plant that is definitely worth considering.

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