Orange hawkweed

Orange hawkweed is a perennial wild flower from alpine regions of central and Southern Europe.

The flower itself can come in a wide range of colours from a deep rusty orange to a pure yellow often with a range in between.

The plant grows low to the ground avoiding lawn mowers and grazing animals. The stems of the flower are long and spindly and contain a milky sap.

The stems are covered in short stiff hairs called trichomes.

The plant has several names: fox and cubs, grim the collier and my favourite the devils paintbrush.

It’s been classified as an invasive species in the USA and Canada.

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