Nipplewort - Lapsana communis


Short to tall hairy plant without milky latex. Stems leafy, erect to 1.2 metres, branched or unbranched. Leaves oval toothed often lobed at the base. Flowerheads yellow, 10 to 20 mm in a lax branched panicle all the florets rayed.

Identification difficulty

Waste and disturbed ground, roadsides.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 591 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