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Common Name: Hawkweed
Hieracium umbellatum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
Most of Europe, including Britain, to N. Asia and N. America.
Roadsides, banks, open woods, copses, heaths and rocks, mainly in lowland areas[
Prefers a well-drained low-fertility soil, neutral or acid, and a sunny position[
]. No further details are given except that the sub-species H. umbellatum japonicum is used.
One report says that the plant has medicinal uses but gives no details[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed it can be sown outdoors in situ in the spring or autumn[
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.