Sticky Groundsel - Senecio viscosus


    Very sticky, foetid grey looking plant, upper leaves unstalked, but scarcely clasping the stem. Flowerheads pale yellow, 6 to 10 mm with outer florets at first spreading and then rolled back. Flower bracts green and not dark tipped.

    Similar Species

    Common Groundsel

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    With glandular hairs, and very sticky. Bracts at the base of the flower head a third to a half as long as the main ones; Heath Groundsel has bracts shorter than this

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant, showing glandular hairs and a side-on view of flowerheads, showing bracts


    Waste and disturbed ground, roadsides, railways and stony places.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Locally common in Britain north to south Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 242 of the 617 tetrads.

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