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May 2008: Featured Plant
A Spring Asteraceae:
Packera anonyma (Senecio anonymus, Senecio smallii):
Appalachian Ragwort, Small's Ragwort

Packera anonyma: Appalacian Ragwort

An excellent native plant for full sun or partial shade. It is a perennial and an evergreen: the basal rosette of interesting long-petioled, serrated leaves is renewed in autumn and survives over the winter to support the leafy inflorescence whose flowers open in late April through May. Hostplant for several families of butterflies and the flowers are visited by a wide variety of bees, beetles and Skipper butterflies.

The plant is common on roadsides where it is an excellent color complement to the white flower heads of the invasive alien Leucanthemum vulgare (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), Ox-eye-daisy, White-daisy, Common-daisy, Marguerite, and the brown to golden inflorescences of several species of Rumex, Dock, and the sparse pale-blue flowers of Nuttallanthus canadensis (Linaria canadensis), Common American-toad-flax.

Image by Glenn Galau ©