Catsear vs dan­de­lion

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Iden­ti­fy­ing catsear can be a lit­tle tricky. It ger­mi­nates in the spring and forms a ground- hug­ging rosette with slightly lobed leaves that are cov­ered in fine hairs. Dan­de­lion and hawks­beard look sim­i­lar but don’t have the hairs, and catsear leaves are much big­ger.

Once the flow­er­ing stem emerges it be­comes a lit­tle eas­ier to iden­tify. Catsear pro­duces a solid stem with no leaves that forks to pro­duce mul­ti­ple yel­low dan­de­lion-es­que flow­ers. Dan­de­lion and hawk­bit only pro­duce a sin­gle un­branched stem and Hawks­beard pro­duces a sim­i­lar stem to catsear but it has leaves on it.

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