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Ragwort (Stinking-Willie) (Senecio Jacobaea)

With the Scottish immigration to Nova Scotia, undoubtedly, came the Ragwort, or Stinking-Willie [Named after The Duke of Cumberland who led the victorious English troops at Culloden]. I have spotted the ragwort with its bright yellow display by the sea shore usually wrapped with numerous, and voracious striped (black and yellow) caterpillars who will clean the leaves off in no time. It is a noxious weed and poisonous to live stock.

An image of the Ragwort
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Peter Landry

2011