Field Hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum (formerly H. pratense)
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family


Erect plant with small dandelion-like yellow flowerheads in a crowded cluster. Stems and leaves very hairy. Leaves all at the base, long, untoothed. Fruits are blowballs like dandelions. Blooms in summer.

Alien from Europe. Occasional in open or shady, disturbed places.

True dandelions lack true stems and have single flowers on hollow flowerstalks. Autumn dandelion has similar flowers and basal leaves but stems have scattered scales and no leaves. Smooth hawksbeard also has similar flowers but it has leaves on the stem and toothed basal leaves. Coltsfoot has somewhat similar flowers, but blooms in early spring and has no leaves at flowering time.