Tag Archives: asteraceae

Common dandelion (taraxacum officinale)

The common dandelion is probably the most well known of all British lawn weeds. Most of us can remember ourselves as children, picking their curious ball-shaped seed heads and blowing them into the wind. They seem to be ingrained into our memories of summer. The latin name for the dandelion is taraxacum officiale. ‘Taraxacum’ being the latin family… Read More »

Ragwort (jacobaea vulgaris)

Ragwort is a reasonably common weed seen on many lawns across the North West of England. The latin name is jacobaea vulgaris (syn. senecio jacobaea). Jacobaea is the family of plants to which it belongs (which is within the tribe senecioneae) and vulgaris literally means “common”. It is also called stinking willie, ragweed or ragged weed. The latter probably… Read More »

Orange hawkweed (pilosella aurantiaca)

Orange hawkweed (pilosella aurantiaca, previously called: hieracium aurantiacum) is a small sized, broad-leaved lawn weed that is quite common in very neglected lawns in the North West of England. It is also referred to as Fox-and-cubs, Tawny Hawkweed or the Devil’s Paintbrush and is probably my favourite flower of all of the lawn weeds that I come across… Read More »