Ragwort

Name: Ragwort

Scientific name: Senecio jacobaea

Category: Flowers

Nature Stars: 10

What are nature stars?

About: Renowned as a weed of paddocks and pastures where it can be harmful to livestock.

How to identify: Clusters of yellow, daisy-like flower heads. Green leaves that look quite feathery.

Where: Very common across all of the UK and Ireland

Fantastic fact: Ragwort is poisonous to livestock but it is the food plant of the cinnabar moth. Their yellow and black stripey caterpillars can often be seen on the plants.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey


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