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Hieracium maculatum

Hieracium maculatum

Common name spotted hawkweed
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers yellow (summer)
Size 12"
Light full sun
From seed germinates at room temperature, at least in my experience.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Rosettes of deep grey-green foliage mottled with purple-bronze. The yellow flowers resemble dandelions. Not the most robust plants, in my limited experience - two of ours just died shortly after blooming, without being particularly stressed with over- or under-watering. The rest died later in the season.
The plants may suffer from a mistaken identity - I received a note from a botanist in Germany who wrote "The depicted species contain only one or no cauline leaves and are thus - in conjunction with the spotted glaucous leaves - Hieracium glaucinum, most probably of the subspecies similatum - according to shape of leaves and pattern of maculae. H. maculatum is distinguished by several cauline leaves with a less developed rosette of basal leaves which is mostly absent in the maculatum section."

spotted hawkweed
The seedheads behave and look like those of dandelions, too!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 35F (5w; 8%G, 4-5w) - 70F (2%G, 3d)
  2. Same seed. Baggy 70F (18%G, 8-12d)

Neither method gave high germination, but the plain room temperature approach gave best results.

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