Cats-ear


You can find cat's-ear on roadside verges, in hedgerows, in meadows and grassland, on sea cliffs, sand dunes, indeed anywhere as long as the soil is not too chalky.


 

There are a number of different plants with a complex ‘dandelion’ like flower and they can be quite confusing at first, indeed they can be quite confusing to even experienced botanists! The secret (if there is one) is to look beyond the flower at the plant itself.

Cat’s-ear (Hypochaeris radicata) gets its name from little ‘ear-shaped’ leaflets that can be found on the otherwise smooth stems and this is the defining factor. The overall ‘look’ of this plant is different from many of its relatives when you get to know it; it is totally smooth and hairless whereas many others in the family are very scruffy and hairy, even prickly. A single plant will have multiple stems and each stem will have multiple flowers. As I say, given the similarity of the flowers in this group you need to look at the leaves and stems if you want to tell them apart.

Cat’s-ear is in flower from June onwards until the frosts put an end to them. It is a widespread plant, often abundant where they occur, and you can find them just about anywhere; on roadside verges, in hedgerows, in meadows and grassland, on sea cliffs, sand dunes, indeed anywhere as long as the soil is not too chalky.


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Common Name Cats-ear
Scientific Name Hypochaeris radicata
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status very common
Interest Level
1/5
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Daisy Family - Compositeae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Flower Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Look for Dandelion type flower on branched stems and with small 'notches' like cats ears on the stems

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GN: Neutral Grassland Associated
BF: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland Associated
Name of species Cats-ear
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