When does this bloom?
Where does this bloom?
29.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 330-340
Small’s Ragwort (also known as Small’s Ragwort and classified as packera anonyma) is found across the eastern third of the United States. The plant is a composite with two types of flowers: the petal-like ray flowers and the inner disk flowers. Although some composites exist that are annuals or biennials, Small’s Ragwort is a perennial that will sprout year after year. That is, of course, providing that there is adequate space for a strong root system to form and negligible competition from other plants. Like most other composites, this plant has two different kinds of foliage: basal leaves (somewhat broad and paddle-shaped) that persist in winter, and a few very different-looking leaves that are highly dissected along their edges.
Many members of the senecio genus are poisonous and can cause an ailment known as seneciosis. They are known to contain some combination of liver-damaging pyrrolizidine alkaloids such as jacobine, retrorsine, senecifoline, and senecine. Livestock or humans that ingest Small’s Groundsel can exhibit symptoms that include jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver, phtosensitization, and central nervous system disruptions such as clumsiness and confusion.