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Senecio elmeri
Elmer's ragwort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in central and northern Washington; British Columbia to central Washington.

Habitat: Talus slopes and other rocky places in alpine areas.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies, flies, beetles


Perennial from a short, woody base, lightly covered with short, white, woolly hairs that may disappear by flowering time.


Basal leaves oblanceolate, up to 20 cm. long including the winged petiole, and 3 cm. wide, the basal leaved sometimes tufted on short, separate shoots; cauline leaves well developed, reduced upward, becoming sessile toward the top of the stem.


Heads several in a flat-topped inflorescence, the heads somewhat nodding; involucre 7-12 mm. high, the bracts with short hairs on the black tips; rays 8-16 mm. long, yellow.

Accepted Name:
Senecio elmeri Piper
Publication: Erythea. 7: 173. 1899.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Senecio elmeri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Senecio elmeri checklist entry

OregonFlora: Senecio elmeri information

E-Flora BC: Senecio elmeri atlas page

CalPhotos: Senecio elmeri photos

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