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Uses for Ragwort?

Hi all, 

In our garden we are plagued with ragwort.  We pull it up regularly and meticulously but it always comes back strong.  Each summer we effectively end up with a full fields harvest of the stuff which after such a great deal of work and effort it seems a shame to burn or bin.  

I'm aware of the possible herbal remedy uses but they all come with strong caveats of the toxicity of the plant which puts me off going down that road.  

Does anybody know of any other possible thing we could use it for?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,030
    edited July 2018
    Rather than  destroy it I would try to leave a patch growing in the garden for the Cinnabar Moths.

    It's very noxious for horses and cattle so I understand why it has to be cleared from meadows ... and it is even more toxic when dead, dried and in hay.  

    Therefore, for the sake of the Cinnabar Moths who need it for their caterpillars, if it grew in my garden I would preserve a patch ... after all, it is quite as attractive as many cultivated plants.  

    However, if you've pulled it up please dry and burn it safely ... it is the best of avoiding it being eaten by cattle and horses.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    You could compost it.  As long as you always pull it up before it sets seed, it would give you a good supply of nice compost for free.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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