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Shaggy Soldier

Galinsoga quadriradiata

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
In branched clusters. Each flower has 5 small and well spaced white petals which are 3-lobed at the tips. Flower centres are golden yellow. Similar looking is Gallant Soldier but Shaggy Soldier has slightly longer petals.
Fruit:
The fruit is an achene white white pappus (tuft of hairs) at one end.
Leaves:
Very hairy all over, including the leaves. Gallant Soldier is similar but less hairy and unkempt. The pale green leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. Their shape is linear to oval and they have pointed tips. Pinnately divided and deep veined. The leaf margins are large-toothed.
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The flowers, leaves and stems are all edible.
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.
Other Names:
Common Quickweed, Fringed Quickweed, Hairy Galinsoga, Peruvian Daisy.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, roadsides, towns, wasteland.