Hypochaeris glabra. Smooth cat’s ear.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Therophyte. Annual. Little/ no vegetative spread. 

Flowering period: 

June to September.


Sand dune grassland. Periodically dry, disturbed, nutrient poor, sandy or gravelly acidic soils. Heath pastures and commons. Sand pits and blow outs in the sand. Arable margins and fallow fields. Lowland.  


Overgrazing and under grazing can both pose a threat as this species requires open sward on periodically disturbed soils. Destruction of sand dune habitat to make way for agricultural activities, amenity areas, golf courses and private dwellings. Nutrient enrichment of cultivated sandy fields.  Hybridisation with H. radicata poses a significant problem for the remaining populations.

Static distribution map:
Hypochaeris glabra
Hypochaeris glabra
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage