Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Butterweed Is Beautiful But Bitterly Bad To Bovines

Butterweed is a wildflower seen all over the South in early spring. It is a member of the Aster family and is now botanically known as Packera Glabella, but many call it Senecio Glabellus, or Senecio Lobatus, Common names for it are yellow ragwort, yellow rocket, golden ragwort, and many farmers curse it as it can be poisonous to grazing animals such as cattle and horses. In Mississippi some low fields are so full of it that it looks like a sea of gold, and I think it is beautiful. It is one of the very first wildflowers to bloom here.


No Rain said...

Beautiful photos of an unfamiliar flower. Our wildflowers are within a week of blooming, and with all our recent rains, predictions are for a spectacular year here in the desert.

kate said...

The first photograph here is really striking... the flower is pretty. A similar one grows here and causes a problem with grazing animals too.

thepowerguides said...

we spend hours checking out the horses pasture for this stuff once the spring comes ( still a few months more yet here ) There a few others my wife worries about as well and the only way we seem to be able to do it the old fashioned way of walking up and down the pasture to spot them

Steve From
The Power Gardeners Guide