map
Cat's-ear, Hypochaeris radicata Family: Asteraceae
Hypochaeris radicata     *     Cat's-ear

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial

Habitat: Very common and abundant; roadsides, walls, waste and arable land and on dunes.

Very variable. The bright yellow flowers are greyish below outer florets and have long, thin, narrow, colourless scales amongst the flowers. Involucre with purple-tipped bracts. Flower stems simple or once/twice branched, +/- hairless, enlarged at top, with dark, scaly bracts ('cats ears').

Similar: Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon taraxacoides. Stems without bracts


Cat's-ear, Hypochaeris radicata       Cat's-ear, Hypochaeris radicata


Cat's-ear, Hypochaeris radicata
Cat's-ear, Hypochaeris radicata
Holton Lee, Dorset. October 2012

All images used are copyright. Please contact me if you find errors.