The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

Cat’s Ears

Latin Name:

Hypochoeris sp.

Plant Type:


Edible Part:

Leaves, Flowers


Hypochaeris radicata – also known as catsear, flatweed, cat’s-ear, hairy cat’s ear, or false dandelion – is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns. The plant is native to Europe, but has also been introduced to the Americas, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, where it can be an invasive weed. This plant is often mistaken for a dandelion, as they both form yellow flowers with wind-borne seeds.