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Cat's-Ear Wildflowers

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WildFlowers Scientific Name:

Hypochaeris radicata

WildFlowers Family Name:

Asteraceae — Aster family

WildFlowers Season:

June - September

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Wild Flowers Description:

In recent years, a plant similar to dandelion has been spreading rapidly through the South and is equally annoying. Commonly called Cat's-Ears, it is now one of our most familiar weeds. It abounds in meadows, yards, along roadsides, and elsewhere, but is especially conspicuous in lawns. It usually grows about 1-2 feet tall and, like its close relative, dandelion, has a flattish rosette of hairy leaves. The yellow flower heads, over an inch across, are borne on long, leafless branched stalks, that are sometimes branched and have tiny, scale like dark tipped bracts resembling miniature “cats ears”. Its seeds are carried by the wind, floating by a hairy plume attached to the seed by a long slender beak. Its hardy leaves have very broad teeth and are in a loose, untidy rosette. Like the dandelion, mowing off the top does not control the plant.
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