Mouse-ear-hawkweed - Pilosella officinarum

    Alternative names
    Mouse-ear Hawkweed

    Low to short stoloniferous plant with long woolly white hairs. Leaves all in a basal rosette often broadest above the middle, untoothed, white felted beneath. Flowerheads lemon yellow, 20 to 30 mm solitary, the outer florets often red striped beneath.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassy, waste and bare places.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Frequent throughout Britain but less common in East Anglia and northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 311 of the 617 tetrads.

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