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Common Name(s): Ragwort
Scientific Name: Seneco jacobaea
Seneco jacobaea, more commonly known as Ragwort, is a very common wild flower in the family Asteraceae, found usually in dry, open places. The plant is generally considered to be biennial but it has the tendency to exhibit perennial properties under certain cultural conditions (such as when subjected to repeated grazing or mowing). The stems are erect, straight, have no or few hairs, and reach a height of 0.3–2.0 metres. The leaves are pinnately lobed and the end lobe is blunt. The many common names that include the word "stinking" arise because of the unpleasant smell of the leaves. The flower heads are 1.5–2.5 centimetres in diameter, and are borne in dense, flat-topped clusters; the florets are bright yellow. It has a long flowering period lasting from June to November. Pollination is by a wide range of bees, flies and moths and butterflies.
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