Flatweeds flat leves - Hypochaeris glabra

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The yellow flowers in this shape are so popular, that I generally call them all dandelions. Cause it's easy and because most of the times I don't see much difference between them, besides the size of flower stems.

Checking the leaves and how they grow helps tremendously in finding the right name though.

Hypochaeris glabra



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I was a little early to see the open flowers here, but that made me pay attention to the leaves. Dark beetroot colour unlike the ones I saw online. The dry weather and hot sun probably caused it. The way they grow so close to the ground is the reason why it is also called Flatweed.

A perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns. The plant is native to Europe, but has also been introduced to the Americas, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, where it can be an invasive weed. It is listed as a noxious weed in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington.
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Th flowers are about 2,5 cm across and after blooming will turn to the fluffy balls, just like a dandelions do. Each seed will fly away finding new place to grow.


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You probably know by now that I like the old graphics, so here is one dating back to 1844 :)


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Bonus shot:
A little Geranium that was growing in the same place. One of the smallest spring blooming flowers with quite a striking colour.


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Shot with Nikon D5500 + Sigma 105mm lens
All photos and text are my own.



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Hello dear friend @ewkaw good day
It's true what you say, at first glance I thought it was a dandelion plant. I appreciate you sharing this information
Beautiful flowers, the second variety look very pretty
I take this opportunity to wish you a splendid weekend

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Thank you. They do look very alike indeed :)
Have a great weekend as well!

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I see you are a bokeh master now as I always thought.

I often have the same issue identifying dandelions too. The so-called weeds often distract you due to their beauty.









On second thought, I think this is their plan. Devious buggers 😀

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Lovely photos as always. If the flatweeds could speak they probably would complain about the name calling. 😀

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