Nov. 18, 2020

narrowleaf hawksbeard, Crepis tectorum

Hawkweed? Hawksbeard? What's the dif? Is there one? They sure look alike. They are both Old World immigrants more often than not. That's particularly true of ones like this narrowleaf hawksbeard that we mostly see as a weed. The most consistent difference is the pappus, that fuzz we see attached to the seed. That doesn't help much as this stage? It can, if you pull the florets of one head. You will see the fuzz beginning to grow at their bases. You might even be able to see it from the right angle on an intact head. Hawkweed will have brown fuzz, hawksbeard will be white. Narrowleaf hawksbeard has been reported from AK, CA, CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WI, WY, all of Canada, and GL. Hillsdale Co MI, 7/8/12. Aster family, Asteraceae.