Hairy hawkweed as seen from Steptoe Butte, Palouse country, eastern Washington...........June 22, 2009. This is the former var. albertinum.
Hairy hawkweed is currently classified as the hound's tongue hawkweed, Hieracium cynoglossum. It is a tall (to 90 cm), stout, erect wildflower with prominently silver-haired stems and leaves. The leaves are very silver-haired, with the basal leaves about 15 to 25 cm long and 1 to 3 cm wide. The middle and upper stem leaves are reduced in size. The flower heads are few to many, with each head having 15 to 50 ray flowers. Individual heads are about 1 cm across. The rays each are tipped with 5 tiny teeth. Before blooming , the flower heads appear as soft, white masses of buds.
Hairy hawkweed is found in dry open places in the lowlands and into the foothills.
Hairy hawkweed may be found east of the Cascades from southern British Columbia and Alberta south through central Washington to north-eastern Oregon and east to central Idaho and western Montana. It is common in the Palouse country of eastern Washington.
The photos on this page all represent plants of the former variety Hieracium scouleri var. albertinum.
Photos of the former variety Hieracium scouleri var. scouleri can be seen here.
Hairy hawkweed (former var. albertinum) as seen with flower head buds forming in open forest at the summit of Kamiak Butte, Kamiak Butte County Park, Whitman County, Washington..........June 11, 2013.
Basal leaves of hairy hawkweed (the former var. albertinum) as seen atop Kamiak Butte, Kamiak Butte County Park, Whitman County, Washington............April 29, 2013.
- - -Hairy hawkweed (the former var. albertinum) blooming along the Stubblefield Trail in open forest to the east of South Pine Lakes, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.......July 4, 2018.
- -Photo above of hairy hawkweed (the former var. albertinum) from Steptoe Butte, Palouse country, eastern Washington.........June 27, 1998.