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Hypochoeris maculata - L.

Common Name Spotted Hawkweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Calcareous pastures and grassy cliffs[17]. A rare and decreasing plant in Britain[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to the Pyrenees, N. Italy and Balkans.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Hypochoeris maculata Spotted Hawkweed


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Hypochoeris maculata Spotted Hawkweed

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hypochoeris maculata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 46, 61]. They are occasionally added to salads or boiled in broths[183].

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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

Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position, growing well on chalky soils.

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 sufficient 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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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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Ruth Roll   Tue Jan 19 2010

This website states Hypochoeris maculata "It cannot grow in the shade." Yet, it has volunteered in my garden in the shade; matured,flowered & gone to seed. I fully expect to see it this spring in my zone 5 flower bed.

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