Groundsel - Senecio vulgaris

Alternative names
Common Groundsel

Low to short plant, the stem is often purplish. The leaves are bright shiny green pinnately lobed. The upper unstalked and slightly clasping. Flowerheads yellow, small and rayless 4 to 5 mm in lax branched clusters. Flower bracts often black tipped, the outer very short. Pappus white.

Identification difficulty

A common weed of gardens, disturbed soil abd waste places.

When to see it

Flowers throughout the year.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 603 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map