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SHRUB RAGWORT

Senecio greii 'SUNSHINE'

Brachyglottis × jubar

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

Flowers:
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Pappus: pappusZpossible (white, simple)
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category
category8Shrubs
category
category8Evergreen
category
category8Broadleaf
status
statusZalien
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8orange
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZMany
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZlowish

20th June 2008, Peel Harbour, Isle of Mann. Photo: © RWD
The well known straggly and evergreen garden shrub, which escapes quite readily on a hillside overlooking Peel harbour.


16th June 2009, Colwyn Bay promenade, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
These specimens were planted in the promenade gardens. It is covered in yellow flowers.


1st July 2002, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are toothless, darkish green on the upperside, and greyish green on the underside. Fresh branches grow rapidly.


20th June 2004, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers profusely but only for about 2 weeks from mid June, although the last straggler can last until October or so.


16th June 2009, Colwyn Bay promenade, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
New stems and flower buds are grey with short felty hairs.


20th June 2004, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
New leaves also slightly felty on upper surface, with lower surface totally light grey with hairs creating a halo around the edge.


20th June 2004, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves oval spoon-shaped. Flowers have about 13 yellow ray florets, and orangy/deeper yellow disc florets in the centre.


23rd June 2006, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
A single flower.


23rd June 2006, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The disc florets.


20th June 2004, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Lower surface so felty hairy as to appear light grey, hence the (now obsolete) specific epithet 'greii'. Older branches go thick and woody.


6th Aug 2013, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Somewhat bedraggled and untidy parachute seed heads


6th Aug 2013, a garden, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The tidyest seed clock the Author could find after pelting with rain the previous days.


Not to be semantically confused with : Perennial Ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya) or Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) but these totally lack any ray florets [more members of the Dandelion & Daisy Family (Asteraceae)]. Nor with Ragged Robin (Silene flos-cuculi) [a member of the Campion family (Caryophyllacaea)].

Many similarities to : Monro's Ragwort (Brachyglottis monroi) but that grows only in very few places and to Hedge Ragwort (Brachyglottis repanda) which grows only in the Scilly Isles. They have either rounded creanate teeth or minute teeth, respectively.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

A popular garden shrub that grows to 2m, with new shoots growing rapidly. The branches have a habit of changing direction suddenly, giving it a very crooked appearance when examined beneath the panoply of evergreen leaves and flowers. However, even though it is relatively fast growing, it is highly resistant to severe and extended frosts of -18C. In mid June it flowers with a profusion of yellow Daisy-type flowers but most are lucky to last a fortnight, although the odd one or two miraculously seem to linger on until October or November. After flowering the flowers turn to parachuted seeds (a pappus) similar to those of Dandelion (but not Daisy, as that does not produce a pappus).

It readily escapes from gardens and to grow usually near the sea (or in Greater London). It seems the Isle of Man was once populated by them, but they have not been reported as existing there since the turn of the last Century, AD2000.

Another shrub also belonging to the Dandelion & Daisy Family (Asteraceae) is New Zealand Holly (Olearia macrodonta) a non-native but often planted and escaping bush which grows near the coastal fringe. It has white Daisy-type flowers.

Was once admitted into the Senecio genus, but now expunged in favour of the Brachyglottis genus.

It is slightly poisonous containing some Pyrrolizidine alkaloids.


  Brachyglottis × jubar  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asteraceae  

Distribution
 family8Daisy & Dandelion family8Asteraceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Brachyglottis
Brachyglottis
(Ragworts)

SHRUB RAGWORT

Senecio greii 'SUNSHINE'

Brachyglottis × jubar

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]