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Shaggy Soldier

Galinsoga quadriradiata

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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:
80 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, roadsides, towns, wasteland.

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.
Other Names:
Common Quickweed, Fringed Quickweed, Hairy Galinsoga, Peruvian Daisy.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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