Carolinas and Georgia

1439

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sonchus oleraceus   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sonchus oleraceus   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-08-003:
Sonchus oleraceus   FAMILY Asteraceae_

 

COMMON NAME:
Annual Sowthistle, Common Sowthistle


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Look for it on roadsides, in fields, pastures, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Winter annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon


Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

full sun

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaves dentate, but not prickly

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Reddish-brown
Achene

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Sonchus oleraceus   FAMILY Asteraceae_

Annual Sowthistle, Common Sowthistle