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.