Hypochaeris radicata L.
Common Name: CAT'S-EAR
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

Native in Europe and neighboring regions. A weed of lawns, roadsides, vacant lots, fields, especially in sandy soils; occasionally in prairie remnants and forested areas. A lawn weed in Ingham Co. as early as 1886 but not collected again in Michigan until 1915 (Kent and Oakland Cos.); started spreading quite rapidly in the 1960’s.

The stem is usually branched, with a few yellow heads on long pedicels. In this respect, the plants resemble Scorzoneroides autumnalis. The pappus consists of two rows of hairs, the outer shorter and sparsely if at all plumose (as in all but the outermost flowers of Leontodon saxatilis). The pappus of S. autumnalis consists of one row of plumose hairs, and the receptacle lacks the elongate, slender-tipped chaffy scales conspicuous in Hypochaeris.


Alger County
Allegan County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Chippewa County
Crawford County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Lake County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Luce County
Mackinac County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Schoolcraft County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 22, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=379.