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Common Name: Hawkweed Ox-Tongue
Picris hieracioides is a Biennial/Perennial up to 0.90 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, the Balkans, W. and C. Asia.
Grassland and waysides on calcareous soils[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Self, apomictic
Prefers a dryish soil but succeeds in most soils[
]. Dislikes shade.
Wild plants are an indicator of calcareous soils[
Seed is often produced apomictically[
]. Any seedlings from this seed will be genetically identical to the parent plant.
Young leaves - raw or cooked as a pot-herb[
]. Not wonderful raw, they are slightly better cooked[
]. A rather bitter flavour[
The bitter leaves have been used as a febrifuge[
The plant is mixed with Swertia pedicellata and pounded to a paste thn applied to the forehead to treat headaches[
Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination should take place quite quickly.