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Narrow-Leaf Ragwort, South African Ragwort

Senecio inaequidens

Description

The Narrow-Leaf Ragwort (Senecio inaequidens) grows up to 60 centimetres high and flowers here in Germany from June to November, in mild winters its flowering period can last until January.

The plant, which belongs to the Daisy family (Asteraceae), is often found along motorways or railway lines and in cities. Road sides, rubble heaps and industrial wastelands are also colonized.

Senecio inaequidens prefers sunny and warm locations and tolerates permeable and dry soils.

Countries

The South African Ragwort is native to South Africa and a naturalized species in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

It can also be found in Japan and Turkey.

Uses

None known, the Narrow-Leaf Ragwort contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can cause liver damage.

Pollinators

Senecio inaequidens is pollinated by honey bees, wild bees and flies.

Common names

Dutch
Bezemkruiskruid

French
Séneçon de Mazamet, Séneçon du Cap

German
Schmalblättriges Greiskraut, Schmalblättriges Kreuzkraut

Italian
Senecione sudafricano

Portuguese
Senecio

Spanish
Senecio del Cabo

South African Ragwort
Narrow-Leaf Ragwort