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Common Name: Rough Hawkbit
Leontodon hispidus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.45 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, the Caucasus and Iran.
Meadows, roadside verges etc, usually on calcareous soils and avoiding shade[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera, Self
An easily grown and tolerant plant[
], it prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
] and does well on clay.
A good bee and butterfly plant[
], it grows well in the spring meadow[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Neither the taste nor the texture are by any means wonderful, but the leaves are acceptable raw, particularly since they can be available in the late winter.
The roasted root is a coffee substitute[
The herb is diuretic[
]. An infusion is used in the treatment of kidney complaints and as a remedy for dropsy and jaundice[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in situ, only just covering the seed. Very fast germination.
The seed can also be sown in the spring.
If you are short of seed it can be sown in a pot in the cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.