Weed (and other plant) Rosettes

Lots of plants (and some weeds) start as rosettes so I wanted to show all the examples I've seen. Some are more rosette-like than others. I will be adding to this page as I see them or find my photos (challenging as I've taken so many).

Bristly Oxtongue

bristly ox-tongue rosette

bristly oxtongue

Cat's Ear ??

cat's ear

Common Daisy / Lawn Daisy (Bellis perennis)

bellis perennis

this was at the bottom of this page as an unknown but seeing the one above in flower I'm pretty sure it's a daisy as well

Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

creeping buttercup






distinctive strong vein down the centre of the leaves




a close-up of a foxglove showing the texture of the leaves


Geranium Molle

not sure how "rosette" it is but in February one of the few plants growing so it caught my eye

geranium molle

Globe Thistle

globe thistle initial rosette

Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)

verbascum thapsis rosette

Greater Celandine

I never thought of greater celandine as starting with a rosette but this January example looks rosette-like to me.

greater celadine

Herb Robert

herb robert

Hedge Mustard

hedge mustard



Knautia Macedonica

I think this is knautia macedonica but I think other knautia initial rosettes are probably similar (eg knautia arvensis / field scabious)

scabious rosette



Ox-eye Daisy

ox-eye daisy


I'm not sure if this is one rosette or more than one.

poppy rosette

Prickly Sow Thistle

prickly sow thistle


ragwort rosette

Shepherd's Purse

shepherds purse

Smooth Sow Thistle

smooth sow thistle

smooth sow thistle

Seen in isolation the two plants below might both be identified as smooth sow thistle but right next to each other, it's clear they are different. I think the one on the left is shepherd's purse and on the right smooth sow thistle but I will keep and eye on them and take some better photos and confirm as they develop. Just down the road from me so should be feasible.

smooth sow thistle comparison shepherds purse


the first year, teasel starts as a  low rosette

teasel rosette


I think this is a spear thistle.

thistle rosette

Verbascum (phlomoides?) tall with white flowers

this verbascum rosette does look a bit like teasel but it's smooth and doesn't have the blisters, on March 20th (first day of Spring 2018) it has ice, we've had a bitter cold few days


Wood Avens (Geum urbanum)

wood avens rosette


Unknown Rosettes

looks like autumn hawkbit but I'm not sure, hoping to see it flower and become identifiable (also visible, smooth sow thistle, chickweed, groundsel and goosegrass)

the weeds above and below are in a church garden up the road, which unfortunately is locked sometimes so it may be difficult to follow up on these but I do hope to see them develop and flower this spring/summer and become identifible (also visible hairy bittercress, chickweed, petty spurge, oxalis and something I'm not sure of)

not sure how identifiable this is yet