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Golden Groundsel

Senecio aureus L.

Golden groundsel
Figure 55.—Golden groundsel (Senecio aureus)
Other common names.—Life root, golden ragwort, swamp squawweed, coughweed, grundy-swallow.

Habitat and range.—Golden groundsel is found in swamps and meadows from Newfoundland to Ontario, and Missouri, Florida, and Texas.

Description.—This plant is a smooth herb with rather slender, solitary or tufted stems one-half to 2 1/2 feet high. The basal leaves, which are 1 to 6 inches long, are heart-shaped or kidney-shaped with long stems and often purplish beneath. The lower stem leaves are lance-shaped and deeply out and the upper most small and clasping. The flower heads, from two-thirds of an inch to about 1 inch broad, consisting of disk and deep yellow ray flowers, are borne several in a flat-topped open cluster during the early summer.

Part used.—The herb and the root.


Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update March 19, 1998 by aw