Common Fiddleneck - Amsinckia micrantha

    Alt Name
    Tarweed or Tarweed Fiddleneck

    It is a very hairy plant with deep yellow trumpet shaped flowers that have five very short petals. It grows to about 50 cm.

    Similar Species

    Amsinckia lycopsoides - there is one very old record in VC55

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Corolla without hairy scales

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant


    Weed of arable land and waste ground preferring sandy soils.

    When to see it

    May and June

    Life History

    Annual. It is an alien from America.

    UK Status

    Occasional with most records coming from eastern England.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map