Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Plant 1/2 to 2 feet tall. Flowers yellow,
dandelion-like (a cluster of ray flowers with no obvious disc
flowers). Stalks with small scales, usually forking.
Leaves narrow, deeply cut into narrow, irregular lobes, not
hairy. Blooms in summer and fall.
Exotic weed of open fields, lawns and waste places. In
Wildwood occasional along the bikeway and Wildwood Drive and
common in the open fields at the south end.
Common dandelion (Taraxacum
officinale) has larger flowers on naked, hollow stalks.
Coltsfoot has somewhat similar flowers, but blooms in early
spring and has no leaves at flowering time.Smooth hawksbeard has stem leaves and no scales. Field hawkweed has hairy stems. Cat's ear has very hairy leaves.