Thursday 22 February 2024

Oriental False Hawksbeard

Oriental False Hawksbeard (Youngia japonica, 黄鹌菜).

On sunny Monday, the fields by the river were full of flowers: wide swathes of white chickweeds, shepherd's-purse and clover, blue speedwells and cucumber-herb, thousands of scattered purple violets, and a variety of yellows: dandelions, false hawksbeard, buttercups and wordsorrels. Freezing temperatures have come and, except for the resilient white clovers, the wild flowers are all back into hiding.

Oriental False Hawksbeard by the Xiang River