Herb: Hoary Groundsel


Latin name: Senecio erucifolius


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Hoary Groundsel:

The plant is used in plasters, ointments and poultices. This species is related to groundsel, S. vulgaris, and is said to have similar properties. These are:- The whole herb is anthelmintic, antiscorbutic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue and purgative. It is often used as a poultice and is said to be useful in treating sickness of the stomach, whilst a weak infusion is used as a simple and easy purgative. The plant can be harvested in May and dried for later use, or the fresh juice can be extracted and used as required. Use with caution, see notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Dry banks, field borders, grassy slopes and roadsides, in limestone and chalky districts and especially on heavy soils.

Propagation of Hoary Groundsel:

Seed - sow spring in situ. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry banks, field borders, grassy slopes and roadsides, in limestone and chalky districts and especially on heavy soils.

Known hazards of Senecio erucifolius:

All parts of the plant are poisonous to many mammals, including humans. The toxin affects the liver and has a cumulative affect. Some mammals, such as rabbits, do not seem to be harmed by the plant, and will often seek it out. Various birds also eat the leaves and seeds.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.