Etymology: Senecio: from senex, "old man," referring to the gray hairs on the seeds
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 6" - 60" tall, very hairy forb with a single stem
Leaves: edges mostly toothless or with a few coarse teeth
Flowers: head 1/4"-1/2" wide with pale yellow, small but obvious rays; inflorescence of several to many heads in a dense, branched cluster; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist to wet; swamps, sandy pond edges
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FACW+ WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos