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Common Name: Cat's Ear
Hypochaeris radicata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and western Asia.
Meadws and dry pastures, grassy dunes, waysides and open woods[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies Lepidoptera
Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position or light shade. Another report says that it dislikes shade.
A common lawn weed[
Young leaves - raw or cooked like spinach[
]. A winter salad[
], it is rather bitter[
]. Young leaves are mild and agreeable[
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.