Cats Ear [Hypochaeris radicata]
Cats ear is a common perennial weed, it is similar to the dandelion and is also known as
'false dandelion'. This rosette type weed can be a major nuisance in lawns as it can tolerate a
relatively low height of cut.
Cats ear has long basal leaves with lobed edges, the leaves are often coved with fine hairs.
Similar to the dandelion it has a stout tap root to anchor it into the soil, which helps it survive
in drought conditions.
The yellow dandelion like flowers are bourn in clusters on long forked stalks and are seen
between May and October.
Cats ear will thrive in most soil types, but it prefers dry, free draining soils.
Cats ear can be removed by hand,
taking care to remove the whole of the root, as if any is left in the soil the weed is capable of
regenerating. Regular mowing will help prevent cats ear from flowering.
If chemicals are needed for control, then use the appropriate selective weed killer. In some
instances a single application may be enough for effective control, however in most cases a second
application will be required for cats ear.
When using chemicals in the garden always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing. It
is important to read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety
recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.