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Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)


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The name 'Groundsel' comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which meant 'ground glutton', and this must be one of the commonest weeds in Britain. It can be found almost everywhere from gardens to wasteland. Its leaves are divided into toothed lobes and its yellow florets are surrounded by five fused petals and a ring of stiff hairs. Each flower head develops numerous seeds, each with a parachute of white hairs that are dispersed by the wind and can be carried long distances, helping the plant spread. From Anglo-Saxon times it has been used as a poultice for sore skin. It can also be used as rabbit/animal feed. It can flower all year. Picture taken Bedford April 15th 2006.

15th Apr 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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