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Common Name: Tapertip Hawksbeard

Scientific Name:  Crepis acuminata

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat improvement

~Rehabilitation projects

~As a pollinator

Height: 1 - 2 1/2 feet

Colors: Yellow

Flowering Season: Summer

Soil Types: Medium to coarse textured soils

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Sun to partial shade

Minimum Precipitation:8-12 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 lbs/ac

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 165,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inches

Stratification Required: None



Tapertip Hawksbeard is a native perennial woody forb that blooms during the summer season. It produces numerous ray-like, yellow flower heads that contain milky juice. This plant grows best on medium to coarse textured soils and is known for its drought tolerance. This wildflower is typically found in open arid areas, particularly in foothills and the lower elevations of mountains.

Tapertip Hawksbeard’s importance in wildlife habitat improvement projects is due to its palatable forage. It is consumed by a variety of wildlife including sage grouse, deer, elk, sheep, and cattle. Additionally, the wildflower serves as a pollinator, supporting the health of local ecosystems.

Because of its ability to withstand drought conditions, Tapertip Hawksbeard is a popular choice for land rehabilitation projects. However, it may take several years for plants to establish and produce seed. Despite this, Tapertip Hawksbeard remains a valuable addition to restoration efforts in arid regions of North America.

Not to be confused with Western Hawksbeard.


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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

Tapertip Hawksbeard


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