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Common name
common groundsel (English), groundsel (English), old-man-in-the-spring (English), cardo-morto (Portuguese)
Similar species
Common groundsel, Senecio vulgaris adapts readily to new environments, it has spread throughout temperate regions. Common groundsel is a weed of disturbed grounds, such as cultivated fields; it is a weed of forages, cereals, ornamentals, and vegetables. Where widespread it can suppress native grasses and forbs.

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Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment


Publication date: 2010-09-27

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2021) Species profile: Senecio vulgaris. Downloaded from on 26-10-2021.

Countries (or multi-country features) with distribution records for Senecio vulgaris
  • albania
  • algeria
  • austria
  • belarus
  • belgium
  • bulgaria
  • china
  • czech republic
  • denmark
  • estonia
  • ex-yugoslavia
  • faroe islands
  • finland
  • france
  • georgia
  • germany
  • greece
  • hungary
  • iceland
  • iran, islamic republic of
  • ireland
  • italy
  • korea, democratic people's republic of
  • korea, republic of
  • latvia
  • libyan arab jamahiriya
  • lithuania
  • moldova, republic of
  • morocco
  • netherlands
  • norway
  • poland
  • portugal
  • romania
  • russian federation
  • spain
  • sweden
  • switzerland
  • tunisia
  • ukraine
  • united kingdom
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7 references found for Senecio vulgaris

Management information
IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)., 2010. A Compilation of Information Sources for Conservation Managers.
Summary: This compilation of information sources can be sorted on keywords for example: Baits & Lures, Non Target Species, Eradication, Monitoring, Risk Assessment, Weeds, Herbicides etc. This compilation is at present in Excel format, this will be web-enabled as a searchable database shortly. This version of the database has been developed by the IUCN SSC ISSG as part of an Overseas Territories Environmental Programme funded project XOT603 in partnership with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment. The compilation is a work under progress, the ISSG will manage, maintain and enhance the database with current and newly published information, reports, journal articles etc.
McGiffen, Milt; Spokas, Kurt; Forcella, Frank; Archer, David; Poppe, Steven; Figueroa, Rodrigo, 2008. Emergence prediction of common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) Weed Science. 56(1). JAN-FEB 2008. 58-65.
General information
Best, Rebecca J., 2008. Exotic grasses and feces deposition by an exotic herbivore combine to reduce the relative abundance of native forbs. Oecologia (Berlin). 158(2). NOV 2008. 319-327.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), 2010. Senecio vulgaris L.
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 26 July 2010]
Varnham, K 2006. Non-native species in UK Overseas Territories: a review JNCC Report No. 372
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 9 April 2010]
The following 0 contacts offer information an advice on Senecio vulgaris
Senecio vulgaris
common groundsel, groundsel, old-man-in-the-spring , cardo-morto
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Recommended citation
(2021). Senecio vulgaris. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).