Plant Care Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear

About Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear is a perennial weed from Eurasia in the aster family. It has naturalized on every continent except Antarctica. Cat's Ear tolerates a wide range of conditions and readily grows in most soil types. It produces many seeds per plant per year and each seed can become a mature plant in 2 months.


Hypochaeris radicata

Also known as

Cat's-ear, Cat's ear, Catsear, Flatweed, Hairy cat's ear and False dandelion

How to care for Cat's Ear


How often to water your Cat's Ear

Water needs for Cat's Ear
0.5 cups
every 9

Cat's Ear needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cat's Ear

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cat's Ear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cat's Ear: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cat's Ear love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cat's Ear does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Cat's Ear

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cat's Ear: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cat's Ear after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear

Cat's Ear

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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