Photographer: Kurt Stüber
Hieracium umbellatum L.
narrow-leaved hawkweed, northern hawkweed
Hieracium: classical name hierakion from ancient Greek hierax, "a hawk". The Roman naturalist Pliny believed that hawks fed on this plant to strengthen their eyesight and thus it became the Greek and Latin name for this and similar plants, called hawkweed.
umbellatum: like umbels or umbrella-like flower heads
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1/2'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems leafy, lower part usually with long hairs, upper only softly fuzzy; root not forming mat|
|Flower: ||head 5/8"- 1" wide with yellow ray flowers; inflorescence of several long-stalked heads in loose, branched cluster; blooms July-Sept.|
|Leaf:||alternate, usually with many rough hairs especially at the edges and with long hairs beneath, bases narrow but usually not clasping the stem|
|Habitat: ||dry; thickets, woods, beaches; in sandy soil|
|Notes: ||very similar to H. kalmii except for the leaf edges|