Common name: Groundsel
U.S. Distribution: Widespread through Northern U.S.
Height: Up to 2 ft.
Foliage: Alternate, pinnatifid, claping, glabrous
Flowers: Heads in corymbose clusters, yellow disk flowers, no ray flowers
Bloom time: April - October
Habitat: Pastures, also a problem in nurseries
Soil: Prefers moist rich soils
Other: Latin name means ‘old man’ refering to the white seed head. Once grown as a food crop for pigs, goats and poultry because of its high iron content. Groundsel has folk uses as a digestive aid, but large quantities should be avoided because the plant contains toxic alkaloids.
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