Hoary Ragwort - Senecio erucifolius


    Medium to tall, grey downy plant, with a shortly creeping stock bearing terminal leaf rosettes. Stems erect, branched above the middle. Leaves pinnately lobed, the lower stalked and usually present at flowering time. Upper leaves with narrower lobes; all leaves with somewhat down rolled margins and grey-hairy, especially beneath. Phyllary bracts not black tipped. Flowerheads bright yellow 12 to 15 mm with 12 to 15 rays, borne in a narrow flat topped cluster.

    Identification difficulty

    Rough grassland, pastures hedgebanks and roadsides.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Locally common in England and Wales, scarce in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 191 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map