Hieracium pilosella. N.O. Compositae.
Synonym ► Hawkweed, Pilosella. Habitat ► Banks and dry pastures.
Features ► Stem 6-8 inches, creeping, slightly hairy. Leaves form small rosettes around stem, elongate-lanceolate, hairy; given common name owing to imagined resemblance to a mouse’s ear in form. Flowers lemon-coloured, outer petals tinted red underneath.
Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Astringent, expectorant.
The ounce to pint infusion, taken in wineglass doses, makes quite a useful medicine for whooping and other coughs.