Senecio vulgaris

Common Name: 
common groundsel, ragwort
Scientific Name: 
Senecio vulgaris L.
Family Name: 
Asteraceae (Compositae) - Aster or Sunflower Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle
introduced winter annual, reproducing by seed
upright, hairless, usually branched
Stems of Common Groundsel
Stems of Common Groundsel
alternate, deeply and irregularly lobed, lower leaves short petiole, upper sessile
Leaves of Common Groundsel
Leaves of Common Groundsel
heads of yellow disk (tubulate) florets, ray (ligulate) florets absent; terminal clusters, seed pappus forms white "puff ball"
Flowers of Common Groundsel