Pink Ragwort

Also known as:
Holly-Leaved Senecio
South Africa

General description

Erect perennial herb <1m high. Oval leaves coarsely toothed, holly-like. Purple, mauve or pink flowers (Sept-Nov) in clusters. Downy, parachute-like seeds. Young plant develops into rosette <15cm diam then into ‘cabbage’ growth form.

Waste places, hillsides, pasture, scrubland, riverbeds.

Seeds dispersed by wind.

Aggressive invader that can become dominant cover, reducing land productivity.

Site management

Always control before flowering. Remove seedlings annually. Maintain good pasture cover to prevent re-establishment.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull out large plants before flowering, removing crown. Burn flowers or seedheads.
2. Cut off larger plants at ground level, removing all live foliage.
3. Spray (10ml clopyralid/10L). Do not use this method in home gardens.

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

Similar species

purple groundsel
Senecio elegans

Purple groundsel is annual rather than perennial and has petioles (leaf stem)

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
pink ragwort - Main species image