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Picris hieracioides (Hawkweed oxtongue)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Picris hieracioides

Picris hieracioides L.

Hawkweed Oxtongue

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (N), HI (I), CAN (I)

This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Picris hieracioides ssp. hieracioides, Hawkweed Oxtongue. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Yellow, often reddish abaxially.


USA: AK , CT , HI , IL , KY , MA , MD , MI , MO , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WA
Canada: BC , ON , QC

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Picris hieracioides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Picris hieracioides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Picris hieracioides


Record Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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