Smooth cat's-ear looks like just another one of those dandelion wannabes. Of course, that's the main idea. The dandelion style of lots of yellow flowers and lots of airborne seeds is one of the great success stories among plants. With this one, the flower heads are a little smaller, and the plants a little taller. Smooth cat's-ear is a European, east Asian and north African native that now grows in many areas around the world, including AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, HI, IL, LA, MA, ME, MS, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, WA, WV, BC, and ON. Winnsboro Co SC, 3/15/16. Aster family, Asteraceae.