Ragwort seeds - Senecio jacobaea - Native Wildflower

Type: Biennial
Approximate height: 30 cm to 1.5m
Flowering Time: Summer
Site and soil type: Most soils and positions.
When to sow: Late spring to early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 100 seeds / 0.03 g

Ragwort is an upright plant with pretty yellow flowers and deeply cut leaves.

Being biennial, it will produce a rosette of leaves in its first year and flowers in the second. 

Although Ragwort is not without its controversy it is a very important plant for pollinators providing food for a vast number of species some of which rely on this plant alone for their survival.


For further information about Ragwort, please visit www.ragwortfacts.com

You can also find Buglife articles about Ragwort here and here.


WARNING: Do not sow in any area where there is livestock, especially horses and cattle, or any area where hay is grown and harvested.

We suggest that these seeds are sown in private gardens only where they will not self-seed onto paddocks or farmland. 

Ragwort can attract and provide food for the following creatures:

  • Bumblebees
  • Solitary Bees
  • Soldier Beetles
  • Hoverflies
  • Butterflies including Small CopperπŸ¦‹  and Small Skipper πŸ¦‹
  • Moths including Sussex Emerald πŸ›, Cinnabar πŸ›, Dusky Sallow πŸ¦‹, Haworth's Minor πŸ¦‹ and Willow Beauty πŸ¦‹

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at rhs.org.uk/plantsforpollinators

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.