General Description: Common Catsear is a perennial with rosettes of leaves, a clump of basal leaves, from a woody base. It has upright to somewhat upright stems typically leafless and branched that have a milky juice when broken.
Flower Description: Flowerheads several at the ends of stems. Flowerheads are dandelion-like, made up of all yellow ray flowers (ligulate), 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Each flowerhead has many green bracts its base.
Leaf Description: The leaves are rough, hairy with lobed or wavy-margins. Leaves are 1.2 to 13.8 inches long by 0.2 to 2.8 inches wide.
Stem Description: The stems are hollow and exude white milky sap when broken or cut.
Fruit/Seed Description: Seeds with hairy bristles (pappus) on one end to aid with wind dispersal.
May be confused with: May be confused with common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. If you need help with plant identification, please contact your county noxious weed coordinator.
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