Asteraceae
Hypochaeris radicata

Rough Cat's-Ear

Stems erect, with milky sap, leafless and branched near top. Leaves in basal rosette oblong, toothed or lobed, 1–4 in. Flower heads several per stem; numerous ray-like disk flowers showy. Cup hairless or bristled. Flowers entirely yellow, staying open in sunny or cloudy weather. An abundant weed found in lawns, roadsides, disturbed places, from near coast to open woods, at low elevations. Sometimes confused with common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, when growing as a lawn weed, especially when not in bloom.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No