Autumn Hawkbit

A common low-growing dandelion-like flower with multiple flower heads.


There are lots of flowers we call dandelions and many, of course, are not! They may have yellow dandelion-like flower heads that turn into dandelion-like clocks but they are not dandelions. The challenge is telling them apart. I am not a botanist but by applying some basic principals identification of these tough species (thistles are another one) becomes a bit easier. 

Firstly, some species are more common than others and this is a good starting point because you are, statistically, more likely to see a common species than a rare one. Then, time of year and habitat play a role. 

This species, autumn hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis), is common in late summer and throughout the autumn and it can be found in all sorts of habitat but it really loves a bit of rough ground or roadside verge. It has stems that branch out with a single flower on each branch. It is a scruffy, untidy flower that likes scruffy, untidy places. A true 'weed'.


Common Name Autumn Hawkbit
Scientific Name Leontodon autumnalis
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status Locally common
Interest Level
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Daisy Family - Compositeae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Flower Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Look for Untidy dandelion growing quite tall with branched stem and a flower on each stem

This species has been seen at the following sites featured on the Nature of Dorset:

The Nature of Dorset on Facebook

The Nature of Dorset on Twitter

Print or Email this page:

Printer Friendly and PDF

The Nature of Dorset on Blogger

Add this page to your social network: