Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park
name of this plant derives from the Anglo-Saxon grondeswyle which
means "ground glutton". Its scientific name, Senicio, comes
from the Latin for "old man" - a reference to the resemblance
of its seeding flowerhead to an old man's grey hair. These seeds are carried
far from the plant by the wind giving gardeners good reason to feel that
Groundsel is a nuisance as they germinate in all the unwanted places. However
in the past the plant was used in poultices to cure skin sores.