Connecticut Plants
Balsam Ragwort (Balsam Groundsel)
Packera paupercula (Michx.) W.A. Weber & A. Löve

Balsam ragwort is an threatened species in Connecticut. This is one of three species of ragwort in Connecticut, all with similar flowers. The basal (lowest) leaves of balsam ragwort are oblong to lance-shaped. Golden ragwort has heart-shaped basal leaves; roundleaf ragwort has egg-shaped basal leaves.

  • Synonyms: Senecio balsamitae, Senecio pauperculus
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: rocky places, ledges, woods
  • Height: 4-18 inches
  • Flower size: flower head 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Packera paupercula (Michx.) A.& D. Lˆve
Packera paupercula (Michx.) A.& D. Lˆve

Ragwort leaves vary in shape. On balsam ragwort, the basal leaves (those at the base of the plant) are rather finely toothed, while the stem leaves are cut into deep lobes.

Packera paupercula (Michx.) A.& D. Lˆve

These plants were photographed in Ontario, Canada, where balsam ragwort is fairly common.

Packera paupercula (Michx.) A.& D. Lˆve