Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Meadow Hawkweed - Pilosella caespitosa   (Dumortier) P.D. Sell & C. West
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Author(Dumortier) P.D. Sell & C. West
DistributionMountains and Piedmont only. First collected in 1925 in Forsyth County, then in 1935 in "Pisgah Forest".

Native of Europe; in N.A. Newf. to Man. south to GA, TN, IL, and MN; also B.C. and northwestern states.
AbundanceFrequent in the Mountains, uncommon to infrequent in the western Piedmont, but rare in the eastern half of that province.
HabitatMeadows, fields, barnyards, yard weed, grassy montane balds, forest openings, disturbed alluvial woods, roadsides.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationMeadow Hawkweed has a basal rosette of narrowly oblanceolate leaves (often erect or ascending) and 0-few, much smaller, stem leaves. The leaves are usually much paler beneath than above, and the stem and leaves are rather hairy. The heads are yellow, as are nearly all other hawkweeds. This is a familiar species in the mountains, much less so downstate.
Taxonomic CommentsOlder references named this as Hieracium pratense. Some now use Hieracium caespitosum.

Other Common Name(s)King Devil, Yellow Hawkweed (but nearly all hawkweeds are yellow-flowered!)
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