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Any idea what this plant is? The yellow flower opens very early in the morning for just a couple hours. 5am.

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Looks like one of the Hawksbeads possibly the common one [Crepis biennis.] How tall is it? this one grows 60-120cm 2-4ft.

Does it have a milky sap?

24 Jun, 2015


Similar tro our Sow Thistle (Sewan). A weed in gardens.

24 Jun, 2015


yes it has milky sap. It's about 18 inches high. It's in my butterfly garden. Should I leave it for them or pull it out? Thanks

24 Jun, 2015


yep Bulba, Sow thistle is a better match going by the buds .
Do the leaves clasp the stem? is the bud hairless? if yes then it is sow thistle Sonchus oleraceus. 30 -100 cm tall 1-3ft.

24 Jun, 2015


It self seeds freely and was eaten as a veg in medieval times. I must admit I pull it out as if I don't it soon goes on the rampage. the sap can be an irritant on sensitive skin if exposed to sunlight.

its a good insect plant for a wildlife area.

24 Jun, 2015


Thanks, so I'll just leave it alone. It's near my tomatoes so maybe it will draw pollinators.

24 Jun, 2015


yes it will the hoverflies love it.

24 Jun, 2015


If you leave the seed heads on you will have rather a lot next year though

24 Jun, 2015


Thanks Ster this weed is destined for deadheading. 1 is plenty.

25 Jun, 2015

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