Senecio viscosus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeSenecioSenecio viscosus


An annual of free-draining disturbed substrates including sands, gravels and cinders, found on roadsides, banks, wall-tops, pavements, railway ballast, coastal shingle and dunes, in gravel-pits, and on open rough and waste ground. 0-430 m (Nenthead, Cumberland).



World Distribution

A European Temperate species which has spread markedly in W. & N. Europe in recent centuries.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 920

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1747

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 69

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: 0.63

Weighted Changed Factor: -3

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (272b)
Akeroyd JR, Warwick SL, Briggs D
1978.  Variations in four populations of Senecio viscosus L. as revealed by a cultivation experiment. New Phytologist. 81:391-400.
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger EJ
1992.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols.
Salisbury EJ
1964.  Weeds & Aliens, edn 2.