A picture of a Groundsel

Groundsel

Senecio vulgaris

Also known as

Birdseed, Chickweed, Flower Of St Macarius, Grinsel, Simson, Old-Man-In-The-Spring, Common Fireweed, Common Groundsel, Common Ragwort

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

5a-9b

USDA zone

-29°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Groundsel

Senecio vulgaris ENBLA01
Common Groundsel-first fruits
A photo of Groundsel
A photo of Groundsel

Groundsel Overview

Senecio vulgaris is a herbaceous annual that can grow up to 45cm tall. It flowers throughout the summer, producing interesting yellow blooms. It is self-pollinating and spread seeds quickly, they are dispersed by the wind and can catch on animal fur or human clothing. The seeds provide food for various birds such as finches and canaries throughout the year and this species is an important host species to multiple insects such as the cinnabar moth, Tyria jacobaeae. Considered a weed in many locations and commonly known as groundsel, this species is native to Europe, northern Asia and areas of North Africa. It has a deciduous nature and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Its often found on disturbed ground, on sites like the edges of roads.

Common problems with Groundsel

How to propagate Groundsel

Cuttings

You can propagate the shrubs and climbers by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Division

The annuals by seed in spring and the perennials by division in spring.

Seed

Special features of Groundsel

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Attracts birds

Other uses of Groundsel

Wildflower/meadow