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Common Ragwort

Senecio jacobaea

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, meadows, moorland, mountains, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, waterside, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Dense, yellow daisy-like and compact clusters of flat-topped flowerheads. Clusters are generally more compact than with other Ragwort species. Individual flowers are up to 2.5cm.
Fruit:
A round, ridged, glabrous or short-haired seed (achene). 2mm long with hairs on the tip.
Leaves:
The leaves are raggedy looking. There are arranged alternate along the stems. The 1 to 2 times pinnately lobed leaves each have a small terminal lobe. The lobes have margins which are large-toothed and are often rounded. The lower leaves are short-stalked. The upper leaves are without a stalk and half clasp the stem.
Aroma:
Scented leaves resembling the smell of Chrysanthemum.
Other Names:
Benweed, Cankerweed, Cankerwort, Dog Standard, European Ragwort, St James' Wort, Staggerwort, Stammerwort, Stinking Nanny, Stinking Ninny, Stinking Willy, Tansy, Tansy Ragwort.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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