PINK RAG­WORT FACTS

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY / NGA¯ KO¯ RERO TAIWHENUA -

The latin name is Senecio glas­ti­folius. Plants get to 1.5m high. Pop­u­la­tions are ex­pected to in­crease as seeds spread eas­ily.

Plants are her­bi­cidesen­si­tive. Some farm­ers rate this as a weed close be­hind gorse and broom.

It is a species of flow­er­ing plant in the aster fam­ily known by the common names holly-leaved senecio, and pink rag­wort. A tall peren­nial herb, pink rag­wort is a herba­ceous peren­nial, toxic herb. The flow­ers are pur­plish-pink with a yel­low cen­tre. The plant flow­ers from Au­gust to De­cem­ber.

It is na­tive to south­ern Africa, and had been cul­ti­vated as an or­na­men­tal plant for its colour­ful flow­ers. It favours a Mediter­ranean cli­mate.

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