Common Names: Golden ragwort, life root, squaw weed, golden sececio, ragwort, uncum root, waw weed, uncum, false valerian, cough weed, female regulator, cocash weed, ragweed, staggerwort, St. James wort
Sub-category: Aster family
Syn. Senecio aureus. A weedy perennial. Features flat-topped clusters (corymbs) of yellow, daisy-like flowers (to 1 inch diameter) atop sparsely-leaved stems. Oblong stem leaves are finely cut (pinnately lobed). Flowering stems typically rise 1 to 2 feet tall from basal clumps of long-stemmed, heart-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves that often have a purplish tinge beneath.
Occurs most often in moist soils in low woods, ravines, swamps, along streams and springs, and at the base of cliffs. Blooms in spring.
Primary Flower Color: Yellow
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow