Common Catsear

9cm Pot, Seed Packet, Seeds (per gram), Wildflower Plugs

Hypochaeris radicata  A good meadow component with rich yellow flowers and dandelion-like seed heads.

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Latin Name: Hypochaeris radicata

Common Name(s): Common Catsear

Plant Type: Perennial

Habitat: Part Shade, Sun





Flowering Time:

May - September

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Catsear common names also include flatweed, cat’s-ear, hairy cat’s ear or false dandelion, Catsear is derived from the words cat’s ear, and refers to the shape and fine hair on the leaves resembling that of the ear of a cat. Every part of the catsear plant is edible including the flower heads, though the basal rosette of leaves and roots are typically the most sought after for harvest. While the hairy leaves possess a mild flavour, these edible plants can be enjoyed raw in salads, steamed, or incorporated into stir-fries. While older leaves may become tough and fibrous, younger ones are tender and ideal for consumption. Unlike dandelion leaves, catsear leaves are seldom bitter. The root can be roasted and ground to form a coffee substitute.

Traditionally, cat’s ear has been used in herbal medicine for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Though not generally invasive, it can outcompete native plants in disturbed soils and is sometimes considered a weed in lawns and pastures. Its flowers attract various pollinators, supporting local insect populations. The plant’s basal rosette leaves, covered with fine hairs, and its ability to thrive in challenging conditions, distinguish it from true dandelions.

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May, June, July, August, September


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