Hieracium venosum
(Rattlesnake Weed)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Rattlesnake Weed, Rattlesnake Hawkweed, Veiny Hawkweed
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Hieracium venosum, or Rattlesnake Weed, is native to about the eastern third of the United States, and is quite rare in some of those areas. It is a perennial, which grows in dry, sandy, acidic soil, along trails and along woodland edges, and in open woods as well. It blooms in mid summer with groups of dandelion-like yellow flowers on single stalks.

There are a number of Hieracium species, but this one is unique in that it has a very distinct pattern of red veins on its leaves. This easily distinguishes this species from others that look like it. There can, however, be a wide variation in veins, some being very intricate and some not, although almost all have some form of red veins on them. See photo below for two examples.

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