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Common Groundsel
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Senecio vulgaris


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Senecio Genus

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General Information

Medicinal: In 1931 it was recommended as a diaphoretic, an antiscorbutic, a purgative, a diuretic, an anthelmintic, and a cure for epilepsy.

Caged birds fond of the seeds, but many animals eat the leaves. More recent studies show that the lethal amount that cattle or horses need to consume is 7% of their body weight (example: a cow weighing 700 pounds would need to eat 50 pounds.)

Common Groundsel: Senecio vulgaris
Grows early spring, before the last snowfall.
Yellow Flower Sticky Weed
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Senecio
Species: S. vulgaris
Binomial name
Senecio vulgaris
This pest causes problems by:
Agressive reproduction, three generations of the plant per year.
Multiplies quickly, Seeds which are widely dispersed by the wind.
A contaminant of other seeds.
A poison to some livestock.
How to get rid of it:
Cultivation: Cultivation with the hand or tiller is a recommended method of controlling Senecio vulgaris from growing in gardens and planting fields; cultivate to a depth of 2 inches (51 mm). The plant does prefer to take root in disturbed soils, so cultivation rids new plants but also buries and stirs up new seeds so the cultivation needs to be repeated at 14-day intervals. Seeds can still mature even when the plant has been killed; seed from plants cut in flower had germination levels of 35%. Groundsel seed numbers increased in soil during a 2-year set-aside left fallow but not when there was a sown grass cover. The weed cannot live on grazed, trampled or mowed sites.

Biological: The pathogen rust fungus or Puccinia lagenophorae and the Cinnabar moth Tyria jacobaeae have both been used and studied in an attempt to control infestation of Senecio vulgaris. One study showed that rust fungus infected Senecio vulgaris survived and actually used more of the available soil nutrients. The cinnabar moth eats groundsel between June and August, but the seeds germinate and the plant grows as soon as the ground is warm enough (and after a warm rain), making this an insufficient control almost everywhere groundsel can be found.

Chemical: Herbicides designed to control broadleaf plants are affective for controlling Senecio vulgaris in cereals and forage grasses but also will "control" broadleaf crops, such as mint, forage legumes, strawberries, carrots and all other non-grass crops. There is also evidence that the plant develops an immunity to the chemical control.

Other: Groundsel seedlings with 2-6 leaves are tolerant of flame weeding but the seeds are susceptible to soil solarization.



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