Cat's-Ears (Hypochoeris radicata)

In recent years, a plant similar to dandelion has been spreading rapidly through the South and is equally annoying. Commonly called Cat's-Ears, it is now one of our most familiar weeds. It abounds in meadows, yards, along roadsides, and elsewhere, but is especially conspicuous in lawns.

It usually grows about 1-2 feet tall and, like its close relative, dandelion, has a flattish rosette of hairy leaves. The yellow flowerheads, over an inch across, are borne on long, branched stalks. Its seeds are carried by the wind, floating by a hairy plume attached to the seed by a long slender beak. Like the dandelion, mowing off the top does not control the plant.