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Ragwort - common




Ragwort - common - July - Haworth


Ragwort - common

Biennial and also as a perennial growing up to 1m tall, with yellow flowers.

All parts of this plant are toxic and care should be taken when handling it. Livestock such as horses and cows can die from ingesting any part of the plant including the seed. It can be a slow painful death causing damage to the liver, symptons may not be detected early on.

Ragwort should be removed from any land by the owners and if seen on grass verges to be reported to local council. If the plant is pulled up it can regenerate growth, it needs to be dug up from the roots. The ragwort should be burnt and not left to compost. More information about ragwort on MAFF UK Website here...

The caterpilars on the ragwort are of the cinnabar moth, which has protection from the poison and stores it through all its life cycles as a deterent from predators. You can find out about the cinnabar moth on our moths page here...




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