Hypochaeris radicata

Hypochaeris radicata Cats Ear

Cat’s Ear, Catsear, Hairy Cat’s Ear, False Dandelion

Thanks to its leaves lying flat on the ground, Cat’s Ear can also survive in lawns that are mown regularly.

However, they do not lie flat on the ground in all habitats. In meadows where the grasses are allowed to grow taller, its leaves can also point upwards.

Cats Ear leaves

Botanically, Hypochaeris radicata belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae). It not only looks similar to the dandelion species, but is also related to them.

Hypochaeris radicata grows perennially and can flower from June to October. A plant can show several flower shoots per season, they can grow up to 70 centimetres high.

Cat’s Ear grows in lawns, meadows, on embankments, banks or roadsides. It can also survive on gravel paths as well as in pavement gaps.

Cats Ear

Cat’s Ear is native to most European countries. Its range extends to North Africa, West Asia and the Caucasus. As an introduced species, it can also be found in other regions (source).