Wild Sunshine (Common Ragwort, Senecioneae Jacobaea) by rocamiadesign


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Wild Sunshine (Common Ragwort, Senecioneae Jacobaea) by 

12/2/11 – Featured in the WILDFLOWERS OF NORTH AMERICA Group.

I these beautiful Ragwort (Senecioneae Jacobaea) flowers growing in profusion along the North Fork of the Flathead River at Great Northern Flats, which is a favorite departure point for rafters. After the Robert Fire in 2005, this area of Glacier Park was decimated. Now there are several varieties of wildflowers growing, to begin the cycle of new life. Although they look beautiful, Ragwort produces natural biocides (especially alkaloids) to deter or even kill animals that would eat them. [from the wikipedia article] For this reason, the state of Montana is trying to eradicate it. It’s interesting that the first of the new growth plants would be this weed, which is not native to the area.

Photo taken August 13, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera, across the river from Glacier National Park, Montana (USA).


  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    Do you by chance have a photo showing the leaves and/or stem to this plant? I’m finding it hard to narrow down to a specific plant without knowing the type of leaves :o( I’m just not that clever with flowers…….

  • Does this photo help?

    – rocamiadesign

  • I uploaded the photo below to give you more details of the plant. It’s not a very good photo, but I hope that it will help in identifying it.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Do a google search on small yellow wildflowers in Montana. I found several that could be your mystery flower. :o)

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 3 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    I did a search here as well Kathleen, these are beautiful with the long stemens sticking out all over the place.
    Here is what sold me

  • Thanks, Vickie! I agree, and changed the name on both of my photos.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaabout 3 years ago

    I guess the moral of this lovely image is; you can never trust beauty:) Cat.

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago


  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you so much, Lorilee!

    – rocamiadesign

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture of the common ragwort! I was unaware that they are also called “wild sunshine”, however. They are certainly poisonous to horses.

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to enter our Color Me Yellow Challenge in the group,
    “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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