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Senecio lugens
black-tipped groundsel

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to Washington, east to the northern Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Wet meadows, grassy alpine slopes, and rich northern woods.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies, flies, beetles


Fibrous-rooted perennial from a short rhizome, without pubescence by flowering time.


The lowermost leaves well developed, 5-20 cm. long and 8-30 mm. wide, the oblanceolate blade tapering to the petiole; cauline leaves few, strongly reduced upward, becoming sessile toward the top of the stem.


Heads 3-21 in a compact inflorescence; involucre 5-8 mm. high, the bracts very conspicuously black-tipped, about 13, rarely 21; bracteoles narrow but well developed, also black tipped; disk 8-13 mm. wide; rays 7-15 mm. long, yellow.

Accepted Name:
Senecio lugens Richardson
Publication: Narr. Journey Polar Sea. 748. 1823.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Senecio integerrimus Nutt. var. lugens (Richardson) B. Boivin
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Senecio lugens checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Senecio lugens information.

E-Flora BC: Senecio lugens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Senecio lugens photos.

USDA Plants: Senecio lugens information.

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