Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hairy Cat's Ear

Hairy Cat's-Ear, Hypochaeris radicata

I'm not sure how these interesting weeds got their name, at least the "Cat's-ear" part.
The "hairy" part is because the leaves, which are basal (at the bottom of the plant - on the ground) are "hairy" on both sides.

The flowers are yellow.
I like the way this one caught the light and shadows,
and appears to be black around the edges ...


  1. I saw you taking this picture--I see what you see now and it fills my eyes, Sissy! I didn't realize these weren't dandilions! How cool--LOVE the name. Cat's Ear. VERY cool.

  2. "hairy' leaves sounds rather creepy. I think they just through the 'cat" in to make it sound cute. ;-)

  3. Beautiful flower by any name. I like the way you photographed it too.

  4. I like the way this photo came out, too. And I don't know that flower (or weed), or maybe didn't pay any attention. As for flowers in Astoria, yes! This year they are going crazy.

  5. What a cool wildflower. Hairy eyes must be a western plant not found in the east. Hmmm. You have me wondering now so I'll have to check that out!

  6. A very unique name but some how it think it fits it perfectly. Nice shot of this lovely wildflower, Clytie.
    be well, be happy ;)

  7. Love this! The Hairy Cat's Ear seems to be awakening to the morning. Hope to see a picture in full bloom.