Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 6-24 inches
Plant Spread: 10 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: toxic to livestock if eaten in large quantities
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ


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May 11, 2012

May is the month when late spring blooms are going strong and early summer blooms are getting ready to show off. The living is good for honey bees.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Nov 25, 2011 6:53 PM

This plant is largely considered a noxious invasive introduced into the United States. It grows on agricultural land & other disturbed sites. In turf or grass it usually is found as a rosette & grows well in pastures & ranges. It is eaten by livestock & is quite drought tolerant. It can also be found along roadsides, in gardens, & orchards.
Bloom time is from May to November. Small yellow flowers form clusters of flower heads which look like tiny dandelions except common catsear has branched flower stems with coarse yellowish leaf hairs. It self sows as well as reproducing from shoots which stem from the crown area.
Leaves feature coarse yellow hairs on both the upper & lower surfaces as well as being sawtoothed or lobed. It has a fleshy taproot.
The leaves & roots are the most often harvested portions of catsear but all portions of the plant are edible. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or thrown into stir fry concoctions. the younger leaves are more favored as older leaves can be tough. Catsear leaves rarely have some bitterness unlike the edible dandelion leaves.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 4, 2012 12:12 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant which produces an amber colored honey.

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