Common RagwortUpdated: October 4th, 2018Created: June 15th, 2014
Common Ragwort is normally a biennial (rosette 1st year and flowering 2nd year).
During its first year of growth it establishes a rosette of basal leaves and over winters in this way. During the second year the rosette sends up one or more leafy stem, up to one metre in height, which is unbranched and produces numerous flower heads at the top. The flower heads are carried in a large flat-topped cluster. Flowering usually occurs from June until late October after which the plant dies.
Common Ragwort can also behave as perennial (flowering every year) after damage to the crown such as cutting, grazing, hoof damage, damage by machinery and following incomplete/ineffective hand pulling in dry weather. It can also remain in the rosette stage for several years under intensive cutting regimes such as may be practised on amenity grassland.
Options for disposal of ragwort plants include, sealing in plastic bags for incineration or landfill, or by disposing in an environmentally acceptable way, whereby it will not be a risk to grazing animals and the seed will not be spread. When plants are incinerated this must be undertaken in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Protection of Air (Appendix 8) and Local Byelaws. Landfill sites must be an approved Local Authority facility. The Environmental Services Department of your Local Authority will be able to identify the nearest waste reception centre. When transporting pulled ragwort, care should be taken to ensure that it is either in a sealed container or well-covered to prevent the spread of seed.
Composting in the open is not recommended. If the composting process does not kill the seeds, there will be a risk of spread of ragwort. Composting should therefore not be used for disposal of ragwort, unless the temperatures reached are sufficient to destroy viable seed.
Handling Ragwort Plants
Ragwort is a toxic plant and suitable precautions must be taken when handling live and dead plants. Hands must be protected by wearing sturdy waterproof gardening type gloves. Arms and legs should also be covered. A face mask should be used to avoid the inhalation of ragwort pollen.
If skin comes into contact with ragwort the area should be thoroughly washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and dried.
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Retrieved some old data
- 1 bag from Triangle field
- Collected half a bag a few weeks ago
28-30th July, 2009
- 290 Triangle field
- 32 Far Field
16th July, 2008
- 61 Triangle field
- 22 Triangle Field
- 37 Eastern Edge of 'Far-Field'
- 80 Triangle Field
- 37 Triangle Field
- 19 Far Field