Senecio tomentosus, Syn: Packera aurea (Linnaeus) A. & D. Love
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is a smooth perennial with yellow daisy-like flower heads in flat-topped clusters. Preferred habitat is wet meadows, swamps, moist woods, roadsides and along railroad lines. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are mostly basal up to six inches long; heart-shaped or sometimes lance-like with coarse saw-teeth; long leaf stalks. Upper stem leaves are about 3-1/2 inches long; pinnately lobed (smaller leaf-like segments along the stem). Basal leaves are not lobed. Young leaves are covered with white hair along the underside and stem, which appears silvery.
Flowers are about 1-1/2 inches wide, each head with eight to twelve yellow ray flowers and yellow disc flowers. Plants may reach heights of two feet if left undisturbed (taller plants have smaller flowers). Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.
Woolly Ragwort is virtually identical to Golden Ragwort in appearance, except its leaf is slightly more rounded and covered with downy hair. Basal leaves are not lobed and the young leaves are covered with white hair along the underside and stem which appears silvery. Flowering date and distribution is the same as Golden Ragwort.