Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Senecio plattensis
    Prairie Ragwort

This yellow, daisy-like flower blooms in oak savannas in late spring--in fact "Savanna Ragwort" might be a more appropriate common name, at least in the eastern portion of its range (further west it is known as "Platte Ragwort"). Its flowers look quite similar to common weedy Senecio species, like the familiar golden ragwort. To identify this species it's necessary to look at the basal foliage which can be seen by following the link to the Missouri Flora Web page below.

Senecio plattensis

Today, with fire suppression, it is most commonly seen where a country roads cuts a path through an oak woodland; it is listed as a species of special concern in Wisconsin.


Platte Ragwort (Senecio plattensis): from the Native Wildflowers of the North Dakota Grasslands by the USGS.

Packera plattensis: from the Wisconsin State Herbarium's vascular plant list.

Senecio plattensis: on the Missouri Flora Web Page.



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