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.

Rough Hawkweed (Hieracium scabrum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
August 25, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire This Hawkweed was not as hard to identify as some plants. If you click on the rightmost picture of the first row, you will notice long, spreading hairs on the plant stem. The rightmost picture of the second row shows straight black hairs on the flower stem. Also, notice in the last picture in the table below, you can see a close-up of the gland-tipped hairs on the flower stem.

The flowers of this plant looked just like Hawkweed flowers. There are a handful of Hawkweeds in New Hampshire that have leaves growing up the stem. Below is a list and the reasons why this plant does not match a different Hawkweed:
  • Allegheny Hawkweed (Hieracium paniculatum): Stem is mostly hairless. Leaves are papery thin and narrowly elliptical. Flowers grow on thin, flexible stems that tend to droop.
  • Kalm’s Hawkweed (Canada Hawkweed) (Hieracium kalmii): Hairs on peduncle (flower stalk) are not gland-tipped. (See last picture in table below).
  • Common Hawkweed (Hieracium lachenalii): Mostly larger basal leaves with 4-7 sessile stem leaves. 4-12 flowers in a round-topped cluster.
  • Maryland Hawkweed (Hieracium marianum): Mostly basal leaves with two to several stem leaves.
  • Robinson’s Hawkweed (Hieracium robinsonii): Leaves with slightly larger and more regular teeth that make is look a bit like a wide-leaved Fall Dandelion (Leontodon autumnalis). White hairs on flower stem.
  • Narrowleaf Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum): Narrowleaf Hawkweed has a much thinner leaf width (up to 1-1/2 inches wide).
Date Location Notes Images
September 16, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire This is the same plant as shown above on 8/25/2011.