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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map