rag·​wort ˈrag-ˌwərt How to pronounce ragwort (audio)
: any of several senecios
especially : tansy ragwort

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Annual in most of U.S.; perennial in zones 10–11; deer resistant kazakovmaksimGetty Images Commonly known as silver ragwort, this icy-looking plant thrives in sunny areas, but can also tolerate shade. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 30 June 2022 In late spring, wild geranium, golden ragwort, and bright yellow daffodils adorn the forested paths. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 14 Apr. 2022 A year after the deer were excluded, drifts of golden ragwort appeared in spring, followed by blue mistflower in late summer. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Colin chose flowers native to Maryland that are good for pollinators, including cone flowers, aster, black-eyed Susans, goldenrod, yarrow, lavender, ragwort and phlox. Janet Kusterer, baltimoresun.com, 28 May 2021 Add ground covers like robin’s plantain, golden ragwort. Andrea F. Siegel, baltimoresun.com, 20 Mar. 2018 An unusual evergreen, ragwort slowly spreads to form a blue-gray ground cover with interesting, vertical, smooth-edged, gray-blue paddle-like leaves. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, 22 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ragwort was in the 14th century

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“Ragwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragwort. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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