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Hypochoeris radicata - L.

Common Name Cat's Ear
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadws and dry pastures, grassy dunes, waysides and open woods[5, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and western Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hypochoeris radicata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies lepidoptera.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Lawn; Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked like spinach[5, 52, 53, 183]. A winter salad[100], it is rather bitter[K]. Young leaves are mild and agreeable[217].

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Medicinal Uses

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Pectoral

Pectoral[100].

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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 or light shade. Another report says that it dislikes shade. A common lawn weed[24].

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

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 :

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Hypochoeris apargioides Perennial0.0 -  LMHNDM10 
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Hypochoeris incana Perennial0.0 -  LMHNDM20 
Hypochoeris maculataSpotted HawkweedPerennial0.6 -  LMHNDM20 
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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Liz Young   Thu Nov 29 2007

I have a horse who has just developed Stringhalt and my Vet has referred me to Austrailan data which connects eatting of Cats ear with Stringhalt. has any one had an experience of this as I note that we have this weed in our pasture. Liz Young

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