Beaked Hawksbeard is a
biennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland, coastal areas and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 120cm.
Beaked Hawksbeard, a plant native to the Mediterranean, was introduced into the UK by the eighteenth century. It is called 'Beaked' after the shape of its seeds. Beaked Hawksbeard, like the Dandelion, has composite flowerheads lacking central disc florets and made up entirely of ray florets. The leaves are also lobed like a Dandelion. Unlike the Dandelion, however, the flowerheads are not borne on a single fleshy stalk, but with mutiple heads on branched stiff stems. Beneath each flower is a small whorl of bracts around the stem.
Botanic classification and naming: Beaked Hawksbeard is a member of the Daisy (Asteraceae) family. The genus name
'Crepis' identifies the plant as a Hawksbeard and its species name 'vesicaria' means 'biennial plant'.