Species: Beaked Hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria)


Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.


This is one of the largest worldwide flowering plant families and is well represented in the UK. The name Compositae refers to the clustering of the flowers (called florets) into compact heads, so that an entire cluster represents a single 'flower'. They also have one-seeded fruits called achenes.

C. Beaked Hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria)

This native species, like all Hawk's-beards has the outer row of sepal-like bracts short and spreading. The leaves are pinnately lobed and the outer florets usually orange beneath. It flowers from May.

Hawks were believed to eat hawkbits and hawkweeds to sharpen their eyesight. All of them give off a honey-like odour in the sunshine.


Beaked Hawk's-beard

All Hawk's-beards give off a honey-like odour in the sunshine.

Beaked Hawk's-beard

Beaked Hawk's beard is a native flower that appears from May onwards.