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By Bernard

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

This is not a dandelion! It is popping up all over the place in my little bit of woodland and I'd like to know whether to welcome it or eradicate it. Can anyone help with an identificaion.




It could be a type of Hawksbeard or Hawkweed? You will need to see what the leaves look like as the flowers are similar. If you like the plant and it's not too invasive then leave it be. It will be a good source of pollen for early flying insects and any flowers that appear in woodland shade must be encouraged. Early insects will need a reliable source of food to keep them going until we need them to pollinate all the fruit trees etc.

29 Mar, 2010


Could possibly be coltsfoot, but will ahve a look in my books :-)

29 Mar, 2010


This may help says it is a member of the daisy family and is one of the first to flower around the same time as crocus

29 Mar, 2010


I think it could be coltsfoot, but growing much earlier than ours. Coltsfoot or Hawkweed, I suspect that it is likely to be very invasive as it broadcasts it's seeds.

29 Mar, 2010


Looks like Colts foot from here.

29 Mar, 2010


Looks like coltsfoot to me... invasive.

29 Mar, 2010


and t me too. I loved to pick these as a little girl as they were one of the earliest wild flowers to flower. a true sign spring had sprung.

29 Mar, 2010


Thanks all who replied. It looks as though this is not a particularly welcome visitor - I will have to show it the door!

30 Mar, 2010

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