Groundsel

Also known as Ragwort

Senecio

Groundsel


There are about fifty poisonous species of this member of the Sunflower family, growing as a weed in pastures and meadows everywhere. Sometimes ragwort is used as a tall border plant in gardens. Stalked basal leaves are up to eight inches long, cut into lyre-shaped lobes. Stem leaves are broadly lance-shaped, up to six inches long, and cut into two or three lobes. The poisonous parts are the stems and leaves, which may cause liver damage when eaten in quantity.