A tall perennial or biennial plant with flat-topped clusters of small bright yellow flowers on long straight leafy stems.
Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) provides a nectar for many species of bees, flies, moths and butterflies, some species are totally dependant upon it as a food source, making it a vital part of our natural native flora.
- Name: Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)
- Where: Very Common through-out Britain
- Habitat: Grassy meadows, Road side verges, Embankments, Waste ground, and many other open areas.
- When does it flower?: June to November.
- Height up to: 1 m.
- Larval Food Plant: Cinnabar moth (dependent)
- Butterfly Nectar Plant for: Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Green-veined White, Small White, Marble-white, Large White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Holly Blue, Small Copper.
- Photographed: top 7th August, left 20th July (Macro).