Tall hawkweed

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. February 2018.

Scientific name: Hieracium praealtum Vill. ex Gochnat

Common name(s): tall hawkweed, kingdevil

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaves are

  • simple
  • alternate
  • basal
  • upper leaves are stellate hairy.

– may be confused with H. caespitosum, which has many hairs on the upper leaf surface; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed sites

-meadows and fields



Go Botany. “Hieracium Praealtum Vill. Ex Gochnat.” Hieracium Praealtum (Tall Hawkweed): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/hieracium/praealtum/.