Photo Credit: Washington State University Archive, Washington State University, retrieved from Bugwood.org (Image Number: 0023043), used under CC BY 3.0 US, modified from the original
Mouse-ear hawkweed is a perennial, native to all parts of Europe. Hawkweeds were introduced to North America for ornamental and medicinal purposes in the late 1800s.
Mouse-ear 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.
Single flowers grow at the end of un-branched stems. The flowers are yellow and petals sometimes have red stripes on the underside.
The plant has mainly basal leaves. The leaves are lance-shaped or spoon-shaped, blue-green on the top side and almost white on the underside, and have conspicuous long hairs.
The stems are hairy and grow up to 40 cm tall.The plant usually has obvious light green to white stolons.