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From the ragged shape of its leaves
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From rag +"Ž wort.
Look out for wild carrot, white clover, weld, ragwort, thistle and black knapweed.
Often to be seen at the right time of year is the caterpillar of the cinnabar moth feeding on the ragwort.
Every group needs a comedian who can keep the fun going during a dull day of scrub-bashing or pulling ragwort.
Don't eat the ragwort, it makes you sick.
English Nature routinely removes ragwort from parts of National Nature Reserves we manage where the welfare of grazing animals would be at risk.
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