Botanical name: Leontodon autumnalis
Autumn Hawkbit which is often mistaken for dandelion is a perennial weed.
Autumn Hawkbit Identification
- Leaf: As previously mentioned the leaves are similar to those of the dandelion but hawkbit leaves are narrower. The smooth, glossy leaves are visibly pointed and toothed
- Flower: Autumn hawkbit produces several yellow flowers which are borne on branched stalks. The flowers can be seen between June and October.
- Root: This rosette type weed has a strong tap root.
Autumn Hawkbit can tolerate a wide range of soil types.
Autumn Hawkbit Images
Prevention and Control
Hand weeding is practical if only a few plants are present, but be sure to remove the whole of the tap root or the weed will regrow. If chemicals are to be used consider spot treating as the weed grows as individual plants. Use a selective weed killer containing fluroxypyr & clopyralid such as ‘Verdone Extra’, or alternatively a product containing 2,4-D & mecoprop, one application should be sufficient.