Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Meadow Hawkweed (Yellow Hawkweed, King Devil, Field Hawkweed, Yellow Paintbrush) (Hieracium caespitosum) (Previously: Hieracium pratense): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 23, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire On my walk today, I came across a field of this dandelion-like flower, but it obviously wasn't dandelion, because the leaves were not toothed. Also, the flower was not quite the same as dandelion and there was more than one flower per plant. This one is known in most books as either Yellow Hawkweed or Meadow Hawkweed and occasionally known as King Devil. Notice in the picture at the far right how the stems and leaves (both front and back) are extremely hairy. This is differentiated from Pale Hawkweed (Hieracium floribundum) which looks similar, but only has hairs on the underside of the leaf. Pale Hawkweed is a hybrid of Meadow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum) and European Hawkweed (Hieracium lactucella).