Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Smooth Hawksbeard: Crepis capillaris

shawksbeard6-21e.jpg (147004 bytes) Weed Description: An erect biennial or perennial with conspicuous leaves that clasp the stem.  Smooth hawksbeard is primarily a weed of pastures, hay fields, and roadsides, and is found throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Stems: Erect, reaching 3 1/3 feet in height, without hairs, branching from the base. shawksbeard6-21c.jpg (116628 bytes)
shawksbeard6-21.jpg (99095 bytes) Leaves:  Leaves are lanceolate in outline, approximately 2 1/2 to 8 inches long, 1/2 to 3 inches wide.  Leaves are usually dissected or lobed, and often have bases that clasp the stem.  Basal leaves occur on petioles, stem leaves do not.

Flowers:   Flowers bloom in late May-early June in Virginia.  Many yellow flowers occur at the ends of branches.  Individual flowers are 8 to 10 mm long.

Identifying Characteristics:   Erect weeds with petioled leaves at the base and leaves without petioles above.   Additionally, smooth hawksbeard has lanceolate, lobed leaves that clasp the stem, which helps in the identification of this species. hwksbrd6-18.jpg (63658 bytes)