Nature Notes

July 22, 2010

Common Cat’s Ear, Hypochaeris radicata

Filed under: Flowers,Orkney Isles — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Common Cat's Ear, Hypochaeris radicata

Common Cat's Ear, Hypochaeris radicata

The Common Cat’s Ear, Hypochaeris radicata , is native to Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa. It has been introduced in other parts of the world where it is often considered a noxious weed. It is often mistaken for the Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, but usually flowers later.

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  1. Nice photo! In Europe it must be a more southern species. I have never seen it in Northern Germany and I am pretty much familiar with all the wild flowers and weeds.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — July 22, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  2. Thanks Hilke;

    It was taken on the Orkney Islands, and the ocean currents mean they don’t get too cold in the winter. Perhaps that’s why it grows there.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — July 26, 2010 @ 12:26 am

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