MOUSE-EAR HAWKWEED Pilosella officinarum (Asteraceae) Height to 25cm. Variable, hairy perennial. Plant has creeping runners and often forms mats. Stems produce a milky latex when broken. Grows in a wide range of dry, grassy places, from meadows to heaths. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 2-3cm across, with pale yellow florets that have a red stripe below; heads are solitary on leafless stems (May-Oct). FRUITS have unbranched hairs. LEAVES are spoon-shaped, green and hairy above and downy white below; arranged in a basal rosette. STATUS-Widespread and common throughout.
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MOUSE-EAR HAWKWEED Pilosella officinarum (Asteraceae) Height to 25cm. Variable, hairy perennial. Plant has creeping runners and often forms mats. Stems produce a milky latex when broken. Grows in a wide range of dry, grassy places, from meadows to heaths. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 2-3cm across, with pale yellow florets that have a red stripe below; heads are solitary on leafless stems (May-Oct). FRUITS have unbranched hairs. LEAVES are spoon-shaped, green and hairy above and downy white below; arranged in a basal rosette. STATUS-Widespread and common throughout.

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