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Crepis vesicaria - L.

Common Name Beaked hawksbeard
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waysides, walls, railway banks and waste places, especially in calcareous soils, to 150 metres[17].
Range W. and S. Europe. Introduced and naturalized in Britain.
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Crepis vesicaria Beaked hawksbeard


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Crepis vesicaria Beaked hawksbeard
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Crepis vesicaria is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

C. taraxacifolia. Thuill.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw. Used in salads, they have a bitter taste[217].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

See the plants native habitat for ideas on its needs[K]. C. vesicaria is a large aggregate species that it sometimes divided into various sub-species[17]. Plants are usually biennial, but they can be perennial or even annual[17].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ either as soon as it is ripe in late summer or in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Crepis bursifoliaItalian hawksbeardPerennial0.0 0-0  LMHSNM20 
Crepis runcinataFiddleleaf hawksbeard, Anderson's hawksbeard, Barber's hawksbeard, Hall's hawksbeardPerennial0.6 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Crepis sancta Annual0.0 -  LMHSNM20 
Crepis tectorumNarrow-Leaved Hawksbeard 0.0 -  LMHSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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