Bristly Oxtongue - Helminthotheca echioides

Alternative names
Picris echioides

Medium to tall bristly plant, each bristle arising from a pimple. Stems well branched. Leaves elliptical to oblong, wavy edged, pimply and bristly with winged stalks, upper leaves unstalked and clasping the stem. Flowers yellow 20 to 25 mm numerous, florets all rayed, flower bracts with bristly margins, the outer heart shaped. Papus white.

Identification difficulty

Rough grassy places, stream sides, waste places.

When to see it

June to November.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Locally common in lowland England especially near to the sea.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent and probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 18 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map