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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ragwort identification

Towards the end of last summer I was trying to decide what form of Ragwort was growing in our meadow and requested help from Anne and  John Bebbington. It may be that we have both Hoary and Common Ragwort. To help John has sent me these photos and as they look so bright and cheerful on this very wet, gloomy and windy January day I thought I would show them here.

First Common or Senecio jacobea

Next is Hoary Ragwort or Senecio erucifolius

And finally both together.

I'm sure you can tell which is which?

All photos by John Bebbington.When summer arrives again I'll report back on my identification efforts!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:25 pm

    Hi--these pictures proved v helpful for me. I have been trying to develop my knowledge of wild flowers a bit this summer. I have spent some time in the north of England (where I am from) and id'd lots of ragwort. Then I couldn't identify the yellow flower i found near my home in Berkshire--but thanks to these photos I find that the northern stuff is common and the Berkshire find is hoary. Cheers!