Irish wildflowers




Groundsel
Senecio vulgaris
Grúnlas
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering time: January-December. Annual. Native.

Yellow flowers. Ray florets absent or rarely v.small. Black-tipped bracts. Young flowerheads stalkless, stalk lengthens as fruit ripens. Fruit like dandelion clock.
Narrow leaves, irregularly pinnate, lobes toothed, jagged. Weak erect stems,
often red-tinged. Hairless / slightly woolly.Height: 10-35 cm.

Abundant throughout on open disturbed ground.

Similar: Heath Groundsel, S. sylvaticus.
     


    
Photographs above: Ballingeary, Co.Cork. August 2006

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