Meadow Hawkweed Complex


  • Yellow, dandelion-type flower heads 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in diameter
  • Spatula-shaped leaves dark green on top and light green underneath – typically 4-6 inches long
  • Excrete a milky sap when injured with hairy stems and leaves
  • Height 2 – 3 feet

Weed Pictures

Weed Information

ControlMechanical, herbicide, biological and grazing. Contact your County Weed District or local Applicator for more information.
HabitatForest openings, abandoned fields, clearcuts and roadsides.
RootExtensive shallow root system.
Leaf ShapeNarrow, lance-shaped.
LifespanPerennial; two years or longer.
Priority 2A WeedCommon in isolated areas of Montana.
Similar Looking PlantsOrange mountain dandelion.
Important InformationFlowers bloom in May to June on leafless flower stalks. Seeds remain viable in the soil up to 7 years. Plant has been reported to be allelopathic (inhibiting growth of other plants) and spreads by creeping stolons.