Lesser Hawkbit - Leontodon saxatilis


Low to short slightly hairy plant with unbranched stem, scarcely thickened below the flowerhead, without leaf-like bracts. Leaves narrowly oblong, broadest above the middle, untoothed to pinnately lobed. Flowerheads solitary, 12 to 20 mm deep yellow, the outer rays greyish violet beneath. Flower bracts pale, narrow-lanceolate with stiff hairs.

Photo ID?

Grassy habitats, usually on sandy or calcareous soils.

When to see it

Flowers June to October.

Life History

Short lived perennial.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain, more coastal further north.

VC55 Status

Infrequent, but possibly overlooked in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 54 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map