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Common Name: Smooth Cat's Ear
Hypochaeris glabra is a Annual/Perennial 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, Syria and W. Asia.
Grassy fields, derelict arable land, heaths, fixed dunes etc on sandy soils. This is a typical plant of non-calcareous sand plant communities[
Requires a light to medium well-drained soil in a sunny position.
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Somewhat bitter, they are used as an emergency food[
The root is aperient, diuretic and tonic[
The leaves are astringent[
The whole plant is vulnerary[
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 enough seed it can be sown outdoors in situ in the spring.