Rough Hawkbit - Leontodon hispidus


    Low to medium plant. Each flower is on a long, leafless stem. The leaves, stem and buds are covered in numerous hairs. The leaves have a winged stalk. The solitary flowerheads are 25 to 40 mm and are bright yellow, the outer rays orange or reddish beneath.

    Similar Species

    Autumn Hawkbit mostly lacks hairs on the stems and has branched flower stalks. The hairs on the stems of Rough Hawkbit are usually forked at the the tips and has single flower stalks.

    Identification difficulty

    Railway embankments and other grassy habitats, often on well drained calcareous soil.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain except the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in some areas, but rather local in distribution throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 324 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map