Narrowleaf hawksbeard (Crepis tectorum)
This annual plant can grow up to 3 feet in height. Its basal leaves are lance-shaped with margins varying from numerous backward-pointing teeth to deeply lobed. The yellow flowers are often confused with dandelions from a distance. These plants are often found on disturbed ground such as roadsides and waste places. It thrives in dry, coarse soil and competes with other seedlings and can easily spread into riparian areas.
This yellow flower is blooming right now and can be easily pulled as it has a shallow root system. Removal of this plant will help stop its spread as it will not go to seed. Do not compost these blossoms as the seed will remain viable on the pile.
Invasive plant information is provided by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. More information on invasive species can be found by contacting Janice at the Soldotna Extension office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, or calling 262-5824; or by contacting Sue at the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District office at 110 Trading Bay Road, Suite 160, in Kenai, or calling 283-8732 ext. 108.
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