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PlantFiles: Pink Hawk's Beard, Hawksbeard
Crepis rubra

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crepis (KREP-iss) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cantung On Apr 25, 2014, Cantung from Ostuni
Italy wrote:

Pink Hawksbeard is to be seen in Puglia Southern Italy where I live. It's Pink flowers Are in bloom from mid April.

For me the most distinctive characteristic is that only certain people can smell it's perfume.

Im one of those people. The smell for me is very sweet but I can not draw a comparison with another plant or thing.

If I ask a friend to smell it they might say it's a faint smell of cut grass, but for me it's like an over perfumed bar of soap.

In ancient local food law it's leaves are edible.

Positive kobwebz On Aug 6, 2010, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

love this, beautiful pink blossoms lasted for many weeks and gave me lots of seeds to trade.

Neutral dmj1218 On May 8, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

An annual that resembles a pink dandelion. The pink-ish flower heads, usually darker at their centers, bloom on relatively long stems arising from clumps of lance-shaped, toothed leaves. Like dandelion, it produces plumed seeds.

Neutral Baa On Aug 30, 2001, Baa wrote:

Annual or short lived perennial from Southern Italy and Crete. Has lance shaped toothed leaves which are slightly hairy and pale green, up to 6 inches long.

Pink double flowers with oblong shaped petals.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Wallkill, New York

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