False Dandelion is a perennial broadleaf weed that is commonly referred to as Common Cat's-ear, Cat's-ear Dandelion and Hairy Cat's-ear. Its scientific name is Hypochoeris radicata.
False Dandelion features densely lobed and hairy leaves that are 2 to 8 inches long and arranged in a basal rosette that grows flat to the ground. Its leaves and flower stalks exude a milky juice when broken. This broadleaf weed can grow as high as 2 feet tall. False Dandelion produces flower stalks with two to seven flowers that are bright-yellow and similar in appearance to Dandelion flowers. Reproduction occurs by seeds.
This broadleaf weed thrives in a number of different habitats, preferring sandy to rocky soils. False Dandelion is common throughout much of the eastern and western parts of the United States.
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Hypochoeris radicataby creating dense grass, which inhibits this broadleaf weed's ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e., pulling weeds) can be effective, though you run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.