Senecio vulgaris



Bird-seed, Chickenweed, Common Butterweed, Common Groundsel, Grimsel, Grinsel, Grundsel, Grundy Swallow, Ground Glutton, Old-man-in-the-spring, Ragwort, Simson

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Winter or summer annual
Growth Habit: Erect
Propagation: Seed
Leaf Margin: Irregularly toothed
Leaf Hairs: Sparsely hairy to smooth
Leaf Structure: Deeply lobed to dissected
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Small taproot with secondary fibrous roots. Taproot not always present
Flower Color: Yellow


Similar Species

  • Groundsel, Sticky Senecio viscosus
  • Mugwort Artemisa vulgaris (seedlings)
  • Ragweed, spp. Ambrosia, spp. (seedlings)

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Isoxaben, Oxidiazinon, Prodiamine
  • Post Emergence: 2,4-D, Carfentrazone, Chlorsulfuron, Clopyralid, Dicamba, Florasulam, Fluroxypyr, MCPA, Sulfentrazone, Sulfosulfuron, Triclopyr, Trifloxysulfuron

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