Irish wildflowers

Photos: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Hypochaeris radicata
Cluas chait
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering June - September. Perennial. Native.

Bright yellow flowers, greyish below outer florets. Long, thin, narrow, colourless scales amongst the flowers. Stems more/less hairless, enlarging at top, with dark, scaly bracts. Simple or once/twice branched. Leaves wavy-toothed, more/less bristly, oblong-lanceolate in basal rosette. Flower stems 20-40cm. Very variable.

Very common on roadsides, walls, grassland, dunes.

Similar: Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon taraxacoides


Cats-ear. Ballingeary, County Cork.

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