Heath Groundsel - Senecio sylvaticus


Reaching up to 70 cm in height, yellowish green hairy plant, not sticky. Stems erect, slender and grooved. Leaves slightly hairy. Flowerheads bright yellow 5 to 6 mm with 8 to 15 short rays, which soon become recurved, are borne in a fairly large, terminal flat topped cluster.

Similar Species

Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

With glandular hairs, but not sticky; common groundsel does not have glandular hairs.  Involucre (the collection of bracts under the florets) usually looks slightly conical, not cylindrical

Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification. 


Shady places open woodland and woodland margins, shady hedge banks and disturbed ground.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Found throughout Britain, but usually local in its distribution. It is rather scarce in west Scotland.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 46 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) is is described as Native; heath-grassland and open woodland on acid soils; occasional

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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