Common Ragwort

Jacobaea vulgaris

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Jacobaea vulgaris is a herbaceous perennial species that typically grows as a biennial. It is in the daisy family Asteraceae (Asteraceae) and historically it was known as Senecio jacobaea before it was reclassified to J. vulgaris. Considered a potent weed that is poisonous to cattle and horses, it produces interesting yellow blooms. This species is an important host species to multiple insects such as the cinnabar moth, Tyria jacobaeae. Considered a weed in many locations, this species is commonly called ragwort, amongst many other names. It is native to Eurasia and deciduous in nature, thus it loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Its often found on disturbed and uncultivated land, on sites like the edges of roads or grazing land.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

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