Senecio hispidulus

Family Asteraceae

Hill Fireweed

Erect short lived herb, to 1 m high, leaves more or less lanceolate or oblanceolate – margins finely to coarsely toothed of more or less pinnatified. Longevity 1 - 2 years.

Flowers: Yellow, at any time of the year.

Fruit: Achene 1.5 – 3 mm long with pappus of hairs 5 mm long, matures October – June.

Seed: Wind dispersed, fresh seed non-dormant.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Uncommon in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Killed by fire.

Recent observations

  • Seedlings recruiting in June - July 2006.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Senecio hispidulus plant

Senecio hispidulus flower

Senecio hispidulus seed