The photo above shows the dense cluster of ray flowers that makes up the flower head of rough cat's-ears. Photographed at Babyshoe Pass on the northwestern slopes of Mt. Adams..................August 6, 2005.
Somewhat dandelion-like, false dandelion has lobed leaves similar to the common dandelion, although the former has narrower lobes and a rough, hairy texture to the leaf surfaces. Individual leaves are oblanceolate, toothed/lobed or pinnatifid, with the leaves 3-35 cm long and 5-70 mm wide. The several stems are slimmer than those on the common dandelion, and not noticeably hollow. The stems arise from 15-60 cm tall, and are commonly branched, each branch ending with a single flower head.
The flower heads consist of numerous yellow ray flowers. Several flower heads may be found on the branched stems. The involucral bracts are not curved downward as is the case in common dandelions.
False dandelion is an indicator plant of disturbed places, such as lawns and pastures, and occasionally into drier, waste places.
A native of Europe, false dandelion is now a widespread weed over much of the United States and southern Canada, although it is rarer east of the Cascade Mts.
It is found in disturbed areas throughout much of the gorge, but is not as common as a number of other weedy species.