Grassland, meadows, roadsides, rocks, walls, wasteland.
Species of Hawksbeard are distinguishable by the two rows of bracts on their flowerheads. Smooth Hawksbeard is the commonest Hawksbeard in the UK. Its bright yellow dandelion-like flowers are often reddish on the undersides of its florets. The flowers are smaller than those of other Hawksbeard species, up to 15mm across.