Smooth Hawk's-beard - Crepis capillaris


    Medium to tall hairless or slightly hairy plant. Stems slender branched at base or above. Leaves shiny, the basal numerous, lanceolate to pinnately lobed. Stem leaves smaller and clasping the stem with pointed lobes. Flowerheads yellow, often reddish beneath 10 to 15 mm in lax clusters. Pappus soft white.

    Similar Species

    Hawksbeards can be distinguished from Hawkweeds by having two rows of bracts on each flower head - one tall and erect, the other much shorter and often spreading. Smooth Hawksbeard is the only one of the group that is hairless.

    Photo ID?

    Grassland, roadsides and waste places.

    When to see it

    June to November.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 461 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map