Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #13 Groundsel

The English name of this plant means “ground swallower” and although it can multiply like crazy from seed in newly-turned soil, this groundsel plant must be about the only one on Bradlaugh Fields, on an anthill in the Hills and Hollows.

Bradlaugh Fields - groundsel

The white blob in the photo is today’s seed-head, which looks like a mini dandelion clock – the plants are related – and the flowers themselves look like they have no petals, being mostly green.

Senecio vulgaris

Groundsel is also related to daisies, but more closely still to coltsfoot as well as to ragwort and has some of the same chemical make-up as ragwort, which means that people can’t eat it, but apparently chickens can!


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