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Photo Credit: Nicole Kimmel, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Common Name: Meadow hawkweed

Scientific Name: Hieracium caespitosum

Habitat: grassland, grassland dry, grassland wet, roadsides

Provincial Designation: Prohibited Noxious

Prohibited Noxious weeds are plant species that are designated as "prohibited noxious" in the Alberta weed regulation. Prohibited noxious weeds must be destroyed, meaning all growing parts need to be killed or the plant's reproductive mechanisms need to be rendered non-viable.


Meadow hawkweed is native to all parts of Europe. Hawkweeds were introduced to North America for ornamental and medicinal purposes in the late 1800s.

Legislated Because

Meadow hawkweed invades grassland and quickly forms dense mats of rosettes. It changes the soil chemistry by lowering the pH, which makes the habitat less suitable for native vegetation.


Ten or more yellow flowers are arranged in a cluster at the top of the stem.

The bright green to yellow-green leaves are lance-shaped or spoon-shaped and located at the base of the plant. The leaves have both long and short hairs and the leaf margins are either smooth or minutely toothed.

Each plant has a single stem that is erect, hairy, and grows 20-70 cm tall. The plant has stolons, but they might be short or inconspicuous.

Learn more about this species:

See Fact Sheets - Alberta Invasive Species Council

For More Information

Weed Management


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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