Sunday, October 19, 2008

Meadow Hawkweed

Since I covered dandelion and catsear, I thought I should tackle hawkweed next. Most of the hawkween in our yard stopped blooming awhile ago, but I was able to find one last blooming plant right along the edge of our trailer. Probably the leaking heat helped it along.

Unlike catsear and dandelion, meadow hawkweed has unlobed leaves. It also tends to get a leaf or two about halfway up the stem. The stem, leaves, and bracts are covered with a stiff hair. The flowers of meadow hawkweed tend to be in a loose cluster at the top of the stem as you can sort of see here. Some other varieties of hawkweed only have a single flower per stem though. The scientific name of meadow hawkweed is Pilosella caespitosa. It is not native to our area although some other hawkweeds are. Like so many other plants, it was native to Europe and was spread here with European exploration.

1. poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) -native
2. red maple (Acer rubrum) -native
3. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) -native
4. staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) -native
5. common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) -not native
6. New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) -native
7. Canada goldenrod (Solidago altissima) -native
8. catsear (Hypochaeris radicata) -not native
9. butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris) -not native
10. meadow hawkweed (Pilosella caespitosa) -not native


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