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Common Name: Hawkweed
Hieracium umbellatum is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 75cm tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. The young leaves are sold in local food markets in Korea[
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[
]. Used as 'namul' in Korea - this is a cooked side dish prepared by steaming or blanching the vegetables, placing them in small serving bowls with sesame oil seasoning and serving them at room temperature[
]. 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.