Packera glabella

Packera glabella (formerly Senecio glabellus) is one of several plants with the common name butterweed, this one has also been called cressleaf groundsel and yellowtop. It is native to central and southeastern North America. It is toxic when eaten by humans.[5]

Packera glabella
Packera glabella Arkansas.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Packera
P. glabella[1]
Binomial name
Packera glabella[1]
  • Senecio glabellus Pior.
  • Senecio lobatus Pers.[3]
  • Senecio carolinianus Spreng.
  • Senecio densiflorus Mart.
  • Senecio lobatus Pers.
  • Senecio lyratus Michx.
  • Senecio mississipianus DC.[4]
Packera glabella involucres


Butterweed is found from Texas north to South Dakota and east to Ohio with a disjunct population in Delaware. It grows in clay and loam soils in disturbed areas and in prairie and floodplain habitats.

Northeastern U.S.A.: Indiana
North-Central U.S.A.: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Southeastern U.S.A.: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
South-Central U.S.A.: Texas


NatureServe lists Packera glabella as Secure (G5) worldwide and Critically Imperiled (S1) in Nebraska, Imperiled (S2) in Kansas, and Vulnerable (S3) in North Carolina.[2]


  1. ^ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "PLANTS Profile, Packera glabella (Poir.) C. Jeffrey". The PLANTS Database. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 22 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b NatureServe (5 February 2021). "Packera glabella - Butterweed". NatureServe Explorer ( Arlington, Virginia: NatureServe. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  3. ^ Integrated Taxonomic Information System Organization (ITIS) (1999). "Packera glabella (Poir) C. Jeffrey". Integrated Taxonomic Information System on-line database. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  4. ^ Flora of North America. "22. Packera glabella (Poiret) C. Jeffrey, Kew Bull. 47: 101. 1992". 20: 548, 575, 585, 588, 601. Retrieved 22 April 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (3 May 2007). "Taxon: Packera glabella (Poiret) C. Jeffrey". Taxonomy for Plants. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 22 April 2008.

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