Senecio vulgaris. N.O. Compositae.
Common name originates from the Anglo-Saxon, meaning “ground glutton,” a reference to the speed at which the plant spreads.
Habitat ► A garden weed.
Features ► Erect, angular, branched stem as high as nine inches. Leaves sessile, oblong ; short, toothed lobes. Flowers small, yellow, with slender, black-tipped
involucral scales; florets tubular. Salty taste. Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Diuretic, hepatic.
Relief of biliary pains in 2 ounce doses of the 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion. A
stronger infusion acts as a purgative and emetic.