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Spring Wildflowers in MEP: Second in a Series: Golden Ragwort

The Golden Ragwort has basal leaves and the daisy-like yellow flowers grow in flat topped clusters.  The flower blooms as early as March and for just a short period.  It can be found in moist areas such as streams and rivers.  This photo was taken along the right side of Will’s Run in Miller Ecological Park where the beginning of the gravel path leading from the parking lot splits. 

         The nectar and pollen attract small bees and insects, and while the plant has been used for a number of medicinal purposes, there are safety concerns.