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Senecio sylvaticus - L.

Common Name Mountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwort
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous to many mammals, including humans. The toxin affects the liver and has a cumulative affect[9, 65]. Some mammals, such as rabbits, do not seem to be harmed by the plant, and will often seek it out[4]. Various birds also eat the leaves and seeds[4].
Habitats In open vegetation on non-calcareous sandy or gravelly soils, dry heaths and commons[4, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Scandanavia to Spain the Balkans and W. Asia.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Senecio sylvaticus Mountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwort


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Senecio sylvaticus Mountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Senecio sylvaticus is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiscorbutic  Detergent

The plant is detergent and antiscorbutic[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs. The plant has an unpleasant odour[4].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Senecio cannabifoliusAleutian ragwortPerennial2.0 4-8  LMHNM12 
Senecio cinerariaCineraria, Dusty miller, Silver GroundselShrub0.6 8-10 MLMHNDM03 
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Senecio jacobaeaRagwort, Stinking williePerennial1.0 4-8  LMHSNM020
Senecio nemorensis Perennial2.0 5-9  LMHSNM11 
Senecio nemorensis fuchsii Perennial2.0 5-9  LMHSNM10 
Senecio nikoensis Perennial1.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Senecio pierotii Perennial0.6 -  LMHNM10 
Senecio pseudoarnicaSeaside RagwortPerennial0.5 -  LMNM11 
Senecio scandens Climber5.0 8-11 MLMHNM02 
Senecio viscosusSticky Groundsel, Sticky ragwortAnnual0.4 5-9  LMHNDM01 
Senecio vulgarisGroundselAnnual0.3 5-9  LMHNDM123

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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