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Senecio vulgaris

8th October 2011

The genus Senecio is enormous and diverse and that is a good enough reason to include this, the weediest of annual weeds. It doesn't grow here naturally, it prefers dryish disturbed soil and is intolerant of wet bramble patches. On an expedition to a nursery in London I bought a couple of plants potted in a mix containing a proportion of the local loam (they weren't quite growing in mud but the mix was clearly an economical one). They were planted out, and in the rootballs a few Groundsel have germinated. It is so many years since I have gardened with it that I am happy to let it seed where it will. If I believed for one moment that it would establish here I would yank it out and stamp the life from its stinking stems, but it won't. Too wet.