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Hieracium lachenalii
common hawkweed, English hawkweed, European hawkweed

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to northern Oregon; also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Open forest, fields, shores, wastelots, and other disturbed areas generally at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennials with milky juice from a short rhizome, the stems 30-60 cm. tall, with stiff hairs below and stellate-pubescence and stalked glands above.


Leaves mostly basal, lance-elliptic to lanceolate, entire or more or less dentate, 5-10 cm. long and 1-5 cm. wide, the bases usually wedge-shaped; cauline leaves often mottled with purple.


Heads 3-9 in a flat-topped inflorescence, the peduncles and involucres stellate-pubescent and stipitate-glandular; involucres 8-10 mm. high, the bracts pointed; flowers 40-80, all ligulate, yellow, 13-18 mm. long; pappus of straw-colored, capillary bristles.


Achenes columnar, 2.5-3 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Hieracium lachenalii C.C. Gmel.
Publication: Fl. Bad. 3: 322. 1808.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hieracium vulgatum Fr., misapplied [FNA19, HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hieracium lachenalii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hieracium lachenalii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hieracium lachenalii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hieracium lachenalii photos.

USDA Plants: Hieracium lachenalii information.

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