Mouse-Ear Hawkweed

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  BELONGS to the Daisy Family of plants

  LOOKS LIKE - Has leafless yellow flowering stems growing from a rosette of leaves. There are red stripes on the underside of the petals and the flower heads close up early afternoon. Grows up to 30cm.

  HAS FLOWERS FROM June to October

  CAN BE SPOTTED - in dry grassland, heaths, open woods, roadsides, hedges throughout Britain, most of Europe, North Asia and North America

  STORY - It was believed during the Middle Ages that when hawkweed was fed to horses, they would not feel pain or be injured when the farrier shoed them. The herb was also thought to be toxic to sheep who consumed it—so toxic that it would kill them.

  REPRODUCTION - Most Hawkweed species produce seed without fertilisation so each plant has true bred descendants but slightly different plants in other communities. That means there are possibly 20,000 hawkweed species throughout the world. A nightmare of identification.
The Mouse-ear Hawkweed is more normal in it's reproduction so recognition is easier. It also has creeping, rooting stems.

  NAME - The Hawkweed plant's botanical name 'Hieracium,' from the Greek 'hierax', means 'a Hawk'. It was thought that hawks obtained the milky juice from the plant giving them sharpened eyesight.


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