False Dandelions

false dandelion plant hypochaeris radicata
Hypochaeris radicata

Hypochaeris radicata, also known as catsear, flatweed, cat's-ear, and hairy cat's ear, is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns.

The plant is also known as "false dandelion", as it is commonly mistaken for true dandelions. Both plants carry similar flowers which form windborne seeds. However, catsear flowering stems are forked and solid, whereas dandelions possess unforked stems that are hollow. Both plants have a rosette of leaves and a central taproot. The leaves of dandelions are jagged in appearance, whereas those of catsear are more lobe-shaped and hairy. Both plants have similar uses.

All parts of the catsear plant are edible; however, the leaves and roots are those most often harvested. This species is suspected of causing Stringhalt in horses if consumed in excess.   Source-Wikipedia

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