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Plants for a Zoo Garden: Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

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Although considered a weed in many parts of the country this herbaceous perennial resembles the common dandelion with its basal rosette of leaves that lie close to the ground and its bright yellow flowerheads 1-3″ across that bloom all summer. Both dandelions and cat’s ear also have deep taproot-like root systems but there are distinct differences between the two plants: cat’s ear has branched stems while the true dandelion has a single hollow stem, and the leaves of cat’s ear are hairy and have rounded lobes while the leaves of the true dandelion are sharp toothed and not hairy. If you like long blooming yellow flowers in your garden why not grow both plants and thereby include both cats and lions in your plant zoo?

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Height: 6-24″

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: All summer

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average to lean, moist to dry, well-drained

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8

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