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Meadow Hawkweed

Hieracium pratense or caespitosum or Pilosella caespitosa

Plant Description

Creeping perennial. Dense mats of rosettes comprised of hairy, entire-edged leaves that stand up almost vertically; older stems and stolons are brownish and newer ones are whitish. Compact clusters of buds with black glandular hairs that open into up to 30 bright yellow dandelion-like flowers, half-inch in diameter.

Plant Details

Life Forms
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height 1-3'
Distribution Found across North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand
Control Fertilize soil to increase success of desirable pasture species.Hand pull small infestations being sure to remove entire root system; disturbing the stolons, roots, and rhizomes is likely to cause the plant to spread.
Reproduction and Spread Produce viable windblown seed and scatter to form new infestations; form dense mats and spread
Introduced Introduced from Europe to North America in the 1800s as an ornamental.
Look Alikes dandelions; other nonnative yellow flowered hawkweeds- they hybridize and are difficult to tell apart.
Impact Allelopathic; spread readily and have negative impacts in rangelands and other habitats. Outcompetes other plants for water nutrients and space.
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