Shaggy-soldier on waste farm land,
Flowerheads and linear upper leaves
3-lobed ray-florets, yellow disc-florets
Hairy leaves and stem
June to October
It is scattered throughout the country but is most common in the
South and southern parts of the Northwest.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte first seen in the wild in the 1900s.
It grows as a weed in arable crops and on agricultural waste ground.
It is also found in built up areas where it colonises brownfield sites,
rubbish tips and cracks in concrete.
It is on the increase.
Shaggy-soldier is an annual, sprawling herb, growing up to 80cm.
The flowerheads are small, up to 7mm.
The 5 outer ray-florets are 3-lobed and white.
Inner disc-florets are yellow.
Leaves are opposite, broad-pointed ovals and covered in long
Upper leaves are linear.
The stem is wiry, branched and shaggily hairy.
Shaggy-soldier is similar to, but much hairier than, Gallant-soldier,
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