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Old 12-22-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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I took this photo late last month. it was growing in partial shade next to a driveway where I was working in eastern MA. I realize that the flowers aren't open (I never saw them so) but I'm hoping that the distinctive leaves and inflorescence plus the time of year will be recognizable to somebody here. The closest thing I could come up with was maybe a variety of Hawkweed, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find that I was wrong.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #2
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There are an awful lot of similar plants... it reminded me at first of burnweed, whose flowers never seem to open, but looking it up, it might be a Packera / Senecio of some kind.
This one looks similar:
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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Alright, with that lead I may have it...or not. When I only have it narrowed down to genus I do a google image search for said genus, then look for the closest match. When I get a possible match, I do a search for that and compare the various photos and info pages. Using that method I think what I have here is Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) also known as Old-man-in-the-Spring.
PLANTS Profile for Senecio vulgaris (old-man-in-the-Spring) | USDA PLANTS

Although I don't usually like to refer to Wikipedia pages, this particular one gives a lot of info and images that agree with stuff I found elsewhere, so I'll link to it anyway. Senecio vulgaris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks again swamp thing, for doing the hard part and giving me the lead I needed to track this info down. Unless, of course, you think that I may have misidentified this plant in which case, I'm all ears (in a figurative internet sort of way).
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:50 PM   #4
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Groundsel does continue to grow into the late fall. I've pulled a few along the road where I was working a few weeks ago.
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