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Savoy Hawkweed (Hieracium sabaudum L.)

Also known as European hawkweed, New England hawkweed.

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Range - Expand

Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

Faunal Associations

The larvae of the wasp Aulacidea hieracii, have been recorded forming galls on this species, and form them on various Hieracium species.


The common name "New England Hawkweed" is misleading as this species is not native to New England, nor is it even widespread in New England, only occurring there in scattered, isolated populations, at least presently. We also recommend avoiding the common name "European Hawkweed" as it is ambiguous, also referring to European hawkweed (Pilosella lactucella). Our preferred common name, "Savoy Hawkweed" is both unambiguous and not overtly misleading, and also corresponds to the scientific epithet sabaudum, which references the Savoy region in the Western Alps, now part of France, which is part of this species' native range.

Hieracium sabaudum (New England hawkweed) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Hieracium sabaudum | Go Botany (About This Site)

New England Hawkweed | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Hieracium sabaudum | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Hieracium sabaudum | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Hieracium sabaudum | Flora of North America (About This Site)