Lapsana communis


Plant with 1 erect stem to 3 ft. or more, milky sap. Leaves thin, 1–2 in. long, alternate on stem, sessile or short-stalked, oval, toothed or lobed. Flower heads in open clusters on short slender stalks based by scale-like leaves. Ray flowers 6–15, yellow, withering quickly. Grows in shady places in open woods, forests, at low and mid elevations. A pernicious weed of flowerbeds and gardens.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 12--36 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Coastal, Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: West Gorge, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No