Plant Name

    Tapertip Hawksbeard

    Common Name(s):

    Tapertip Hawksbeard
    Mountain Hawksbeard
    Longleaf Hawksbeard
    Tall Hawksbeard

    Scientific Name:

    Crepis acuminata Nutt.

    Scientific Name Synonyms:

    Psilochenia acuminate (Nutt.) W.A. Weber




    Life Span: Perennial

    Origin: Native

    Growth Characteristics: A forb which is widespread throughouth the western U.S., reaching a height of 8-28" (20-70 cm). It flowers May-August

    Flowers: A loose, flattish or round-topped cluster of 20 – 100 or more narrow flower heads of yellow rays. The flowering head is about 1/2-1" wide. The flowers are all rays, with 5-10 per head. The inner bracts are each 3/8-1/2" long, and at least twice as long as the outer bracts. The bracts are smooth.

    Fruits/Seeds: A yellowish or brownish achene, with slender white hairs at the tip.

    Leaves: Leaves are mostly basal, 4-16" long, pinnately lobed, with the edges often having teeth. Stem leaves are few and reduced. Both the basal and stem leaves have a grayish-cottony pubescence.

    Stems: 1-3 branched leafy stem covered with a grayish-cottony pubescence. The sap is milky.

    Roots:  Taproot

    Ecological Adaptions:

    Found on open dry sites in sagebrush communities and coniferous forests.

    Soils: Prefers well drained soils.

    Associated Species: Big sagebrush, arrowleaf balsamroot, Indian paintbrush

    Uses and Management:

    Fair to very good forage for livestock.