Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Common Ragwort
Senecio jacobaea
of the Daisy family
a biennial or perenniall
80 -150 cm high
blooms June - November
likes cultivated and waste ground, meadows, roadsides
can be seen throughout the Park. This was by the road past the Pavilion.

This plant was once used in a treatment for the 'staggers', a disease suffered by horses. This practice was commemorated in the plant's name, Jacobaea, Latin for James, the patron saint of horses. In Scotland the plant is called "Stinking Billy" since the bruised plant gives off an unpleasant odour. "Billy" is said to be a reference to William, the Duke of Cumberland, who defeated Bonny Prince Charlie at the battle of Culloden.