False Dandelion – also commonly referred to as Common Cat’s-ear, Cat’s-ear Dandelion, and Hairy Cat’s-ear – is a perennial broadleaf weed. Hypochoeris radicata thrives in a number of different habitats, preferring sandy to rocky soils. False Dandelion is common throughout much of the eastern and western United States.
Identifying False Dandelion -
False Dandelion features densely lobed and hairy leaves that are 2 to 8 inches long, arranged in a basal rosette that grows flat to the ground. Its leaves and flower stalks exude a milky juice when broken. False Dandelion can grow as high as two feet tall.
False Dandelion features flower stalks with two to seven flowers that are bright yellow and similar in appearance to dandelion flowers. Reproduction is by seeds.
False Dandelion Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent False Dandelion by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.
Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight False Dandelion in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.