Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2018

Slender Hawkweed

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:27 am

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed ~ hieracium gracile

Slender Hawkweed is common and very plentiful in this area, but in the right light it can be a very pretty flower. In large numbers it can really brighten up the sides of a trail or an old road. At times, the most common flowers can be the prettiest.

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  1. Even weeds can be pretty. They are only weeds because we say so.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 9, 2018 @ 9:38 am

    • At times these are nearly the only one blooming in their habitat and so I welcome them. If they get into a flower bed though they can nearly take it over.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 10:16 am

  2. The flowerhead closely resembles a dandelion to me which is also a pretty flower. 🙂

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 9, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    • They are both in the sunflower family, although they are of a different genus. They both clearly share the same blossom strategy though. This hawkweed blooms atop a 2-ft slender and bare stalk and so it can get above most of the surrounding foliage.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 10:20 am

  3. Pretty indeed!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — June 9, 2018 @ 10:11 am

    • They catch all available sun and often seem to shine as it they had their own light.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 10:21 am

  4. Hi Montucky, Yes, it is a cheery bright beautiful flower! Glad you shared it with us via the photographs! Have an outstanding weekend!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 9, 2018 @ 11:27 am

    • I hope you have a great weekend too! It will be good here because there should be some rain.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

  5. That looks much like our yellow hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum.)
    I agree that often the most common flowers are the prettiest!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 9, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

  6. Cool! Like the petal detail! They look like starbursts!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — June 9, 2018 @ 6:43 pm

    • They are interesting because they are made of all ray flowers and no disc flowers.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

  7. I agree with you. The Common flowers, especially the tiny ones, really are lovely. They look even more amazing when they cover a field and change the otherwise bright green to a sea of colour.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 9, 2018 @ 6:47 pm

    • They are “common” when seen in many areas, especially around habitations, but quite uncommon when in high wilderness where they are rare.

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2018 @ 8:32 pm

  8. Hawkweed is such an attractive plant. We have a species of it that shows up in late spring here in Ohio.

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 11, 2018 @ 6:32 am

    • There are several species of it here. Orange Hawkweed is just beginning to bloom now too.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2018 @ 7:36 am

  9. I feel like I’ve seen these but I wouldn’t swear on it.

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    Comment by Candace — June 12, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

    • You probably have. They are distinct because of their very long (two foot) completely bare stems with a cluster of flowers at the top.

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      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2018 @ 8:50 pm


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