Botanical N ame: Senecio pseudoarnica
Synonyms :Asteraceae Arnica maritima. Senecio pseudo-arnica
Common Name: Seaside Ragwort
Senecio pseudoarnica is a perennial herb growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure…...CLICK & SEE THE PICTURES
Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained moderately fertile soils. Prefers a sandy soil. Judging by its native habitat, this plant should tolerate maritime exposure. Hardy to about -15°c.
Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Root cuttings in early spring.
Edible Uses: The fleshy stems and young leaves – cooked. Only the young plant should be used and it should be cooked. Some caution is advised, see the notes below on toxicity.
Medicinal Uses: A poultice of the leaves has been used to drain cuts and boils.
Known Hazards: Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver. Some caution is advised.
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