Common Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea

    Alt Name

    Medium to tall plant, stems erect to 1.5 metres, branched above. Basal and lower leaves pinnately lobed, with a small end lobe, withering by flowering time. Upper leaves 1 to 2 pinnately lobed, half clasping the stem. Flowerheads bright golden yellow, 15 to 25 mm with 12 to 15 rays, borne in large, flat topped, branched clusters, the phyllary bracts black tipped.

    Similar Species

    The flowers of all ragworts are broadly alike so leaf shape and habitat help to distinguish each species.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste and poor land, rough grassland, roadsides and banks.

    When to see it

    June to November.

    Life History

    Biennial or perennial.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 381 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map