Beaked Hawk's-beard - Crepis vesicaria


    Medium to tall hairy plant, stems branched, leaves dandelion-like, the lowermost stalked, the middle ones clasping the stems with pointed lobes and the uppermost leaves linear and bract like. Flowerheads yellow, the outer florets striped red/brown beneath 15 to 25 mm borne in lax-branched flat topped clusters that are erect in bud. Pappus soft and white.

    Photo ID?

    Grassy and waste places, roadsides, banks.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Annual or perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread north to Yorkshire.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 234 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map