Groundsel
Woolly Ragwort - Woolly Groundsel
Packera tomentosus, Syn:
Senecio tomentosus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright perennial; up to 24 inches tall; spreading by basal offshoots and stolons; cottony-hairy (sometimes losing much of the hair after the flower appears). Preferred habitat is wet places in thin woods, or open stable dunes, grasslands and meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; minute teeth which are nearly rounded on the margins to nearly smooth; mostly at the base of the stem,

Flowers are in involucral bracts (a ring of stiff modified leaves that clasp the flower head) in one tier. Ray flowers are yellow and about 1/2 inch long. Flower pappus is nearly white and appear like capillary bristles. Disc flowers are bisexual and symmetrical in shape. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.

Numerous groundsels are present in this area; Small’s Groundsel, Smooth Groundsel and Eared Groundsel. Golden Ragwort is also a part of this group.

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