Annual or biennial herb from a fibrous root; stems erect, solitary, branched above, with long (over 1 mm) yellowish (sometimes whitish) hairs, 0.5-1.2 m tall.
Basal leaves oblong to elliptic or narrowly oblanceolate, pinnately lobed or toothed to nearly entire, with or without stalks, 3-20 cm long, 0.5-3 cm wide; stem leaves gradually reduced upwards, lanceolate to oblong, pinnately lobed to irregularly toothed.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, several to many in a rounded inflorescence; involucres 3-13 mm tall; involucral bracts lance-linear, greenish to yellowish, sometimes suffused with purple, glabrous or softly long-hairy or woolly-hairy with yellowish hairs; bracteoles few, usually purplish-tipped; ray flowers yellow, mostly 3-9 mm long or lacking; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes oblong, ribbed, glabrous; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Cineraria congesta R. Br.
Senecio congestus (R. Br.) DC.
Senecio congestus subsp. tonsus (Fern.) A.& D. L÷ve
Senecio congestus var. palustris (L.) Fern.
Senecio congestus var. tonsus Fern.
Senecio palustris (L.) Hook.