Purple Groundsel

South Africa

General description

Erect annual herb 10-60cm tall. Oval leaves lobed, becoming smaller up the stem. Purple or pink flowers (Aug-May) in clusters. Downy, parachute-like seeds. Young plant starts as rosette.

Sand dunes

Wind dispersed seed

Can outcompete native vegetation on sand dunes

Site management

Regular follow up required and plants pulled before flowering

Recommended approaches

1. Pull out plants before flowering, removing crown.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

pink ragwort
Senecio glastifolius

Pink ragwort is perennial rather than annual and has no petioles (leaf stem)

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
purple groundsel - Main species image