golden ragwort, heart-leaved groundsel
[Senecio aureus L., more...]
Etymology: Packera: after John G. Packer, a Canadian biosystematist
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-36" tall forb with branched or creeping rhizomes
Leaves: basal leaves long-stalked with a heart-shaped base, less than 1 1/2 times as long as wide; upper getting smaller, never clasping, often pinnately-lobed
Flowers: head 1/2"-1 1/3" wide with 10-13 yellow rays more than 1/4" long, bracts (phyllaries) with purple tips; inflorescence a cluster of several to many heads; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: wet, moist; woods, forests, meadows, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FACW Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"