Woollyweed goes by several names, including the unfortunate 'hounds tongue hawkweed,' but it is not at all a weedy species. Clumps of woollyweed can be readily identified by the fascinating long woolly hairs that cover the foliage. Having a woollyweed in the yard is a little like having a fuzzy little creature you get to welcome each spring and spend the summer with.
In the wild you'll spot them in open dry grassland (such as the front of Mount Sentinel) and also in open dry pine forest (like on Blue Mountain). The yellow flowers are a lovely counterpoint to white yarrow and purple aspen daisy (they all seem to bloom around the same time).
- Heiracium scouleri