Bearded hawksbeard

Common Name
Bearded hawksbeard
Scientific Name
Crepis barbigera
Scientific Pronunciation
KREP-iss bar-BEE-ger-uh
Plant Family
Plant Origin
Plant Type
Typical Bloom (varies by elevation)

Bearded hawksbeard closely resembles a dandelion, except that it grows up to two feet tall with multiple heads on one or two branched stems. The leaves grow from the base and look like an animal has taken bites out of the edges. The edges look viciously sharp, but they are not. The name ‘bearded’ may derive from the buds that are fuzzy like a man’s beard. The flowers look like dandelions and, like dandelions, the seeds float on “parachutes” in the wind for wide dispersal.