Common Groundsel or old-man-in-the-Spring

Common Groundsel or old-man-in-the-Spring [Senecio vulgaris] found at Fletcher Park on 17 April 2016 and probably 16 March 2013.  It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae) family and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 416-417 states that it is “a weed of cultivated land and waste places,” and it blooms from Spring to Fall.   The USDA web site has its primary name as old-man-in-the-Spring.  Other names listed in An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada, Vol III, are grinsel, simson, birdseed, and chickenweed.

USDA Plants Listing: Senecio vulgaris

Common Groundsel at Fletcher Park - 17 April 2016

Common Groundsel at Fletcher Park – 17 April 2016

Common Groundsel (leaves) - 17 April 2016

Common Groundsel (leaves) – 17 April 2016

Common Groundsel - 16 March 2013

Common Groundsel – 16 March 2013