May. 13, 2017

golden ragwort, Packera aurea

Golden ragworts and their close relatives, roundleaf ragworts, are now blooming in the woods here. I've just had a question about identification. The image on the blog page shows the leaves. Those of this species are heart-shaped. Roundleaf ragwort leaves at the base of the plant don't have the indented base, and have a little tissue that continues down the petiole. Both species grow in patches, and add a golden glow to our woodlands. We have other species, but those all have divided leaves at the base. Golden ragwort had some use medicinally in native and eclectic medicine. But it will make your liver really sick. This species grows in usually low woods in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, Md, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/14/11.