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A common low-growing dandelion-like flower with multiple flower heads.


Autumn Hawkbit: the autumn dandelion

Post date: Wednesday, 20 August, 2014 - 00:00

There are lots of flowers we call dandelions and many, of course, are not! They may have yellow dandelion-like flower heads that turn into dandelion-like clocks but they are not dandelions. The challenge is telling them apart. I am not a botanist but by applying some basic principals identification of these tough species (thistles are another one) becomes a bit easier. 

Firstly, some species are more common than others and this is a good starting point because you are, statistically, more likely to see a common species than a rare one. Then, time of year and habitat play a role. 

This species, autumn hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis), is common in late summer and throughout the autumn and it can be found in all sorts of habitat but it really loves a bit of rough ground or roadside verge. It has stems that branch out with a single flower on each branch. It is a scruffy, untidy flower that likes scruffy, untidy places. A true 'weed'.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Autumn Hawkbit
Scientific Name Leontodon autumnalis
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status Locally common
Interest Level
Species Family Daisy Family - Compositae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
Look for Untidy dandelion growing quite tall with branched stem and a flower on each stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GC: Calcareous Grassland Associated
BF: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland Associated