Cats Ear [Hypochaeris radicata]

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General Information: Cats Ear which is a dandelion type plant is a perennial weed with a deep taproot. It is very common and can be a major problem on lawns throughout in the UK as it will tolerate close mowing.

Leaf: Cats Ear leaves are lance shaped, hairy and quite fleshy and the teeth have rounded edges. See pictures to the right.

Flower: Cats Ear flowers from May to September. The flowers are yellow on a long stalk. Each stalk may produce one or two flowers.

Preferred Habitat: Cats Ear can be found on a wide range of soils but it prefers drier, free draining soils.

Control: Hand weed any individual plants taking care to totally remove all of the taproot. If any of the root remains the plant will regenerate.

For a more widespread problem choose a selective weed killer shown in the list below for the best results against Cats Ear. A further application 6 weeks later will most likely be necessary to control this weed.

More Cats Ear images (click to enlarge)

Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Cats Ear in lawns and turf.

  • Verdone Extra (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Westland lawn weed killer (2,4-D, mecoprop-p & dichlorprop-p).
  • Westland lawn feed, weed & moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed (2,4-D & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.

Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control of Daisies in lawns and turf.

  • Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
  • Scotts Re-act (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Barclay Holster (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D and dicamba).  
  • Mascot Crossbar (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D & dicamba).
  • Mascot Super Selective (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).

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