Tag Archives: Asteraceae

Asteraceae is the latin name for the family of flowering plants, a number of which are lawn weeds.

The most famous of these is the common daisy (bellis perennis), which is very common in all grass areas across the UK. The family also contains Dandelions, Ragwort and Yarrow.

Lawn weeds

Most asteraceae are herbaceous, and are a very important group of plants. They include many culinary varieties, including those used in cooking oils, lettuces, seeds and herbal teas.

They colonise a wide variety of habitats and regions of the world.

For more information take a look at the Wikipedia page, or browse these blog posts about this family of plants in a lawn situation.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a herbaceous, perennial herb. It grows in gardens all over the UK. In a lawn is can form a thick, spreading mat and become an invasive weed. It has many common names including ornamental yarrow, milfoil, devil’s nettle and thousand-leaf. It has also named soldier’s woundwort in reference to its medicinal effects. The botanical… Read More »

Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The common dandelion is probably the most well known of all British lawn weeds. Most of us can remember ourselves as children, picking their curious ball-shaped seed heads and blowing them into the wind. They seem to be ingrained into our memories of summer. The latin name for the dandelion is Taraxacum officinale. ‘Taraxacum‘ being the latin family… Read More »

Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris)

Ragwort is a reasonably common weed seen on many lawns across Devon. The latin name is Jacobaea vulgaris (syn. Senecio jacobaea). Jacobaea is the family of plants to which it belongs (which is within the tribe Senecioneae) and vulgaris literally means “common”. It is also called stinking willie, ragweed or ragged weed. The latter probably came about due to… Read More »