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Senecio erucifolius - L.

Common Name Hoary Groundsel, Hoary 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 Dry banks, field borders, grassy slopes and roadsides, in limestone and chalky districts and especially on heavy soils[4, 17].
Range Central and southern Europe, including Britain, north to Denmark and Lithuania, east to W. Asia..
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Senecio erucifolius Hoary Groundsel, Hoary ragwort


Senecio erucifolius Hoary Groundsel, Hoary ragwort

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Senecio erucifolius is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 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, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline 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

Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic  Antiscorbutic  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Emmenagogue  Poultice  Purgative

The plant is used in plasters, ointments and poultices[4]. This species is related to groundsel, S. vulgaris, and is said to have similar properties[4]. These are:- The whole herb is anthelmintic, antiscorbutic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue and purgative[4, 9, 21, 54]. It is often used as a poultice and is said to be useful in treating sickness of the stomach, whilst a weak infusion is used as a simple and easy purgative[4]. The plant can be harvested in May and dried for later use, or the fresh juice can be extracted and used as required[4]. Use with caution[21], see notes above on toxicity.

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on the cultivation needs of this plant but, judging by its native habitats, it is likely to require a sunny position and to succeed in most moderate to heavy soils, including those of an alkaline nature[K].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Division in spring.

Other Names

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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

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Senecio cannabifoliusAleutian ragwort12
Senecio cinerariaCineraria, Dusty miller, Silver Groundsel03
Senecio jacobaeaRagwort, Stinking willie02
Senecio nemorensis 11
Senecio nemorensis fuchsii 10
Senecio nikoensis 11
Senecio pierotii 10
Senecio pseudoarnicaSeaside Ragwort11
Senecio scandens 02
Senecio sylvaticusMountain Groundsel, Woodland ragwort01
Senecio viscosusSticky Groundsel, Sticky ragwort01
Senecio vulgarisGroundsel12

 

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