Lobeleaf Groundsel

    Lobeleaf Groundsel

    Common Name(s):

    Lobeleaf Groundsel
    Uinta Groundsel
    Basin Butterweed
    Butterweed

    Scientific Name:

    Packera multilobata (Torr. & Gray ex Gray)W.A. Weber & A. Love

    Scientific Name Synonyms:

    Senecio lynceus Greene
    Senecio multilobatus Torr. & A. Gray ex A. Gray
    Senecio stygius Greene
    Senecio thornberi Greenm.
    Senecio uintahensis (A. Nelson) Greenm.

    Symbol:

    PAMU11

    Description:

    Life Span: Perennial or Annual

    Origin: Native

    Growth Characteristics: Lobeleaf groundsel grows up to 2 feet tall and has green foliage that becomes smooth as it matures. It blooms from April through August.
     
    Flowers: 7-13 bright yellow flowers per stem and bracts which are red-to-black tipped. Each flower is about ½ inch wide, and flowers are arranged in a flat topped umbrella-like arrangement. The individual blooms have a ragged appearance.
     
    Fruits/Seeds:  Each head produced about 20 smooth seeds with long white bristles to carry them away in the wind.
     
    Leaves: Many, deeply cut, lobed leaves which are mostly basal, with some stem leaves. Basal leaves are up to 5 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide. Stem leaves are alternate and grow smaller as you move up the stem.   
     
    Stems: Lobeleaf groundsel has multiple stems.   
     
    Roots: Taproot.

    Ecological Adaptions:

    Lobeleaf grounssel is most commonly found in semi-desert, foothills, and woodlands. It is very common in the “Canyon country” of southern and eastern Utah, but is found throughout the state.
     
    Soils: Prefers dry, sandy soils.
     
    Associated Species:  Big Sagebrush, Pinyon pine, Utah Juniper, Many-seeded Juniper.

    Uses and Management:

    Lobeleaf groundsel is grazed by both livestock and wildlife.