Hawkweeds
Pilosella & Hieracium

19 May 2008
An early afternoon visit to Mill Hill the occasional yellow Hawkweed-type flowers were examined for their leaves and on the open bank (lower slopes) amongst the abundant Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, the species Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus was identified, and next to the path at the northern end before it entered the scrub, Mouse-eared Hawkweed was located.

22 May 2007
Mill Hill Lower Slopes
Flora Notes:
A few Hawkbits* were in flower and these had dandelion-type leaves (but not the bracts of dandelions) and I will have to discover what species these are?
(* Possibilities:  Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus, or Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon saxatilis).
 

Hawkbit


 
8 November 2007
My investigation to check the yellow plants revealed them to be one of the Hawkweeds, Hieracium. These plants are all over the place on wasteland, by the edges of paths. This photograph was taken on the Widewater margins. 

There are many different species of Hawkweeds but it it is not practical for anybody but a specialist to tell them apart. The leaves of the different yellow-flowered daisies are described in the Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain on pages 360 & 361. 

The Sussex Plant Atlas lists Hieracium perpropinquum as the most frequent true hawkweed. But there are many others including garden escapes and the maps do not seem to be complete. 
 

This Hawkweed was single flowering on the edge of the path in the Hawthorn copse bit a few metres to the north of where the lower slopes turn into dense scrubland. Several shoots grew out from the rosette of smooth (not hairy or serrated) leaves. These are always difficult to identify.

I will need a special key to sort out the Dandelions, Hawkweeds, Hawkbits, Sow Thistles etc. .

From Slonk Hill


The Mouse-eared Hawkweed is found on Mill Hill

Study in Yellow (Mill Hill)

Hawkweeds List