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.

Tall Hawkweed (King-Devil Hawkweed, Queen-Devil Hawkweed) (Hieracium praealtum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 18, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are only four yellow flower hawkweeds that are tall and have few to no stem leaves. But it is still difficult to tell the difference between them.
  • Meadow (Yellow) Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum): The involucre (bracts below the flower) is 7.5 - 9 mm long. As can be seen from the pictures, the involucre of this plant is less than 6 mm. Also, Meadow Hawkweed has abudant short bristles on the front of the leaves and short prostrate stolon (horizontal, creeping stem).
  • King Devil Hawkweed (Hieracium xfloribundum): A hybrid of Hieracium caespitosum and Hieracium lactucella. Early production of prostrate stolons. The leave blades are glaucous (covered with whitish or bluish waxy coating) and nearly hairless on the front. Has 3-30 flowers in a tight cluster on short pedicels.
  • Glaucous Hawkweed (Hieracium piloselloides): Flower stalk has few or no stellate hairs. Stellate hairs are star-shaped hairs with several to many branches radiating from the base. The backs of the basal leaves are hairless or with simple non-glandular hairs.
  • Tall Hawkweed (Hieracium praealtum): Flower stem has moderate to very dense stellate hairs (see closeup pictures below). Minute stellate hairs are usually found on the back of the basal leaves, but I did not see many of those hairs (unless I did not have great enough magnification).