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By Damow

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone identify correctly this plant? It was in a previously mowed lawn that had been neglected for some time. I was thinking dandelion family but it obviously isn't the usual dandelion we all love/hate so much. Single flowers per stem and tall with it as you can see.

I can't go back and get a better description as it's a picture from 2009. Any definitive answers out there?

Thankyou all.




There are a number of plants that this could be, and it's not possible to identify from this photo. However, my best guess would be Catsear, Hypochaeris radicata.

30 Aug, 2015


It's a yellow hawkweed.

30 Aug, 2015


Hieracum or yellow hawkweed yes - I like the orange version, but despite getting some from its natural habitat, it simply wouldn't grow in my garden...

30 Aug, 2015


The orange hawkweed is an abolute weed in our village, Bamboo, even though it is pretty.

30 Aug, 2015


It was down in Devon too, Bulba - that's where I tried transferring it from. But no luck - I've never seen in it growing in and around London for sure.

30 Aug, 2015


Not convinced about Hawkweed - they normally have very branched stems. Can't see the leaves but this looks more like rough hawkbit to me. Its a nightmare group of look alike plants to sort out. Strange plant to have in a border though.

30 Aug, 2015


In plant taxonomy class, we called them all D.Y.C.'s. The last 2 letters stand for yellow composite, and I'll let the imagination work on the "D"! :)

30 Aug, 2015


Nightmare, invasive or absolute weed, whatever you call it, the insects love it!
Reading a butterfly book yesterday it said some of them had larvae which fed on docks - now the question is when was the last time you saw docks growing wild in fields? How many of us let docks grow in the garden? So... where have the butterflies gone, sprayed to death with modern weedkillers on the fields, that's where!

31 Aug, 2015


Honeysuckle, the only nightmare is how difficult it is to distinguish between the different genera and species among the Composites. All of us have our least favorite weeds, but your point is well taken: unless they are an introduced species, they all have their place in the environment, with other species dependent on them.

31 Aug, 2015


Bamboo, be grateful you couldn't grow the orange hawkweed - its an absolute magnet for blackfly.

31 Aug, 2015


Thankyou all for the replies. I believe Landgirl100 nailed it with Cat's ear/Hypochaeris radicata.
Found an great American site, after I'd put the question out there, which had photos off all it's life stages and perhaps because I was able to zoom in on my own photo of it, the one you've all seen, it matched up without doubt.

Rough Hawkbit was a new one on me after much online trawling, but after viewing a close up of it and it's hairy bud stage, Cat's ear was super confirmed.

So thanks again everyone.

4 Sep, 2015

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