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Hypochoeris glabra - L.

Common Name Smooth Cat's Ear
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy fields, derelict arable land, heaths, fixed dunes etc on sandy soils. This is a typical plant of non-calcareous sand plant communities[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, Syria and W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Hypochoeris glabra Smooth Cat


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hypochoeris glabra is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[144]. Somewhat bitter, they are used as an emergency food[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Aperient  Astringent  Diuretic  Tonic  Vulnerary

The root is aperient, diuretic and tonic[240]. The leaves are astringent[240]. The whole plant is vulnerary[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a light to medium well-drained soil in a sunny position.

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have enough seed it can be sown outdoors in situ in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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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 :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Hypochoeris apargioides Perennial0.0 -  LMHNDM10 
Hypochoeris incana Perennial0.0 -  LMHNDM20 
Hypochoeris maculataSpotted HawkweedPerennial0.6 -  LMHNDM20 
Hypochoeris radicataCat's EarPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHNDM21 
Hypochoeris scorzonerae Perennial0.0 -  LMHNDM11 

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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