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Autumn Hawkbit

Leontodon autumnalis
Small yellow-flowered ‘dandelion’ Be careful not to confuse with rough hawkbit (leontodon hispidus.) The autumn hawkbit has hairs on its leaves that come to a fine point, whilst the rough hawkbit has hairs which split at the ends to resemble the letter “Y” (you either need 20/20 vision or a good eye glass to see that.) Flowers June-Oct.
Soil moisture tolerances: 
It is found on sites with more than 20 weeks dry soil per year and 10-20 weeks wet soil per year.
Soil fertility tolerances: 
It is typically found on moderately fertile sites (10-25 mg P/kg) or P index 1-2.
Traditional medicinal use: 
Leontodon is from Lion’s tooth which describes the shape of the leaves.
Suitability for floodplain living: 
The autumn hawkbit is a useful indicator of old meadows, while the rough hawkbit is more of an opportunist, able to colonise areas of bare ground, Flowers June-Oct.
Further information: 

Click here for a link to the online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora with details of the plant ecology, distribution, photos and habitats: https://www.brc.ac.uk/plantatlas/index.php?q=plant/leontodon-autumnalis