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Beaked Hawks-beard

These dandelion-like flowers are a nightmare to identify and I am sure I often make mistakes! There are hawkbits, hawkweeds, hawk's-beards, and more, and they all look the same. One has to depend or small details to tell them apart.

The smaller flowers (not plants) are often hawk's-beards and we have three of them in Dorset which are common. This one has two distinctive features; it has an orangey-red colouring on the outside of the flower (you need to turn it over to see) and the flowers then produce seed heads that are very pointed which is where the 'beaked' comes from, the other two, smooth and rough hawk's-beard have rounded seed heads.

This is a common 'weed', especially in our garden in spring!


Common Name Beaked Hawks-beard
Scientific Name Crepis vesicaria
Species Group Daisy Family Compositae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status Frequent
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Small dandelion-like flowers with red streaks on the back on a plant with branched stems
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Daisy Family Compositae