Senecio aureus
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Senecio aureus

golden groundsel
golden ragwort
squaw weed

  family asteraceae 
  genus senecio 

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Genus  Senecio Species  aureus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  golden groundsel   golden ragwort   liferoot   squaw weed Family  ASTERACEAE Specimen number  S11652 Data source  HtZn p168;MedPl p267
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry to moist Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-04 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Senecio aureus can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. Liferoot (also known as squaw weed, golden ragwort or golden groundsel) needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is sandy. Full sun to partial shade is needed for this species to do its best. It prefers dry to moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  emmenagogue   gynecologic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  It is toxic if taken internally Medicinal notes  Senecio aureus has been used in traditional herbal healing as either an emmenagogue or a gynecologic. Liferoot (sometimes called squaw weed, golden ragwort or golden groundsel) is legally restricted in some countries. The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts. It is toxic if taken internally.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Division Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Senecio aureus is typically propagated by division.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Senecio aureus is a perennial. Flowers: Liferoot (locally known in some parts as squaw weed, golden ragwort or golden groundsel) has clustered flowers. Blossoms appear in May and continue through August. The flowers are usually either gold or yellow.

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