Common Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea
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.
The flowers of all ragworts are broadly alike so leaf shape and habitat help to distinguish each species.
Waste and poor land, rough grassland, roadsides and banks.
June to November.
Biennial or perennial.
Common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 381 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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