Packera paupercula (Michx.) Á.Löve & D.Löve  
Family: Asteraceae
balsam groundsel, balsam ragwort, northern meadow groundsel, northern ragwort
[Senecio aureus var. balsamitae L., Senecio balsamitae Muhl. ex Willd., Senecio crawfordii (Britton) G.W.Douglas & G.R.Douglas, Senecio gaspensis Greenm., Senecio gaspensis var. firmifolius Greenm., Senecio pauperculus Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. balsamitae Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. crawfordii Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. firmifolius Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. neoscoticus Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. praelongus Michx., Senecio pauperculus var. thompsoniensis Michx., Senecio tweedyi Rydb.]
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Robert R. Kowal  
Etymology: Packera: after John G. Packer, a Canadian biosystematist
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-24" tall forb forming dense colonies
Leaves: basal leaves small, oval, tapering to the stalk, stem leaves mostly pinnately-lobed and getting smaller toward the top
Flowers: head 1/2" -1 1/4" wide with 0, 8 or 13 yellow rays more than 1/4" long, bracts (phyllaries) with purple tips; inflorescence clusters with less than 20 heads; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: wet to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows; in rocky, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Merel R. Black  
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Robert R. Kowal  
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Merel R. Black  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz