Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Oxford Ragwort
Senecio squalidus
of the Daisy family
a biennial or perenniall
20 -15 cm high
blooms April - December
likes dry, disturbed places, cultivated and waste ground
can be seen by the River Calder opposite the Roman Bath-house

In the 19th century this pretty flower escaped from botanical garderns in Oxford to the gardens of Oxford, Thereafter it was spread far and wide along the new railway embankments being constructed as the use of rail transport spread. The name 'Ragwort' is perhaps a reference to its ragged, much-divided leaves.