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Beaked Hawksbeard

Crepis vesicaria

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Like all Hawksbeards, the flowers have sepal-like bracts with one row conspicuously above the other. The bottom row of bracts are much shorter than the uppermost and they splay outwards. The flowers are yellow and dandelion-like. The outer florets often have a reddish or orange stripe running lengthwise beneath.
Fruit:
The seeds are long and slender (beaked). Perhaps the best way to identify and distinguish the different species of Hawksbeard are by the shape and size of their seeds. The flower buds can often be split open manually to examine the seeds before they split open.
Leaves:
The leaves are variable in shape but generally dandelion-like in appearance. They are sharply pinnately lobed and the end lobe is the largest. The leaves partly clasp their stems and the stems are often tinged red. The upper leaves are the smallest. Beaked Hawksbeard is usually a downy plant all over.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The bitter-tasting leaves are edible and can be eaten raw in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Dandelion Hawk's-beard, Haenseler's Hawksbeard, Weedy Hawk's-beard.
Habitats:
Grassland, roadsides, walls, wasteland.