Day 256: ragwort

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


It’s a couple of years since I set myself the project of shooting weeds as if they were rather more glamorous cut flowers. “All very well”, said one person, “now let’s see you do it with the yellow ones”*. So, I did. 

Ragwort gets a bad rap for being poisonous to horses, which it is, but that’s hardly the fault of the wildflower, and rather more of a system that manages to package it up in feed for domesticated beasts – blame the system, not the plant. Commmon ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a key food plant for the tiger-striped larvae of the cinnabar moth, is a favourite stopping off plant for many butterflies and has had over 200 invertebrates recorded on it. In its own way, it’s also rather gorgeous. So, let’s hear it for the yellow ones

*Yellow weeds, as any fule kno, are the least socially acceptable. 

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.