Species: Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

Family: Asters (ASTERACEAE or COMPOSITAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Asters (ASTERACEAE or COMPOSITAE)

This is one of the largest worldwide flowering plant families and is well represented in the UK. The name Compositae refers to the clustering of the flowers (called florets) into compact heads, so that an entire cluster represents a single ‘flower’. They also have one-seeded fruits called achenes.

C. Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

This native species has orange-red flower heads, opening in June, and blackish hairs. The leaves are mainly from a basal rosette.

Hawks were believed to eat hawkbits and hawkweeds to sharpen their eyesight. All of them give off a honey-like odour in the sunshine. Hawkweed extracts are used to treat lung disorders and asthma.

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Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed

Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed has orange-red flower heads, opening in June, and blackish hairs. The leaves are mainly from a basal rosette.

Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed gives off a honey-like odour in the sunshine. Hawkweed extracts are used to treat lung disorders and asthma.

Fox-and-cubs or Orange Hawkweed

The basal rosette of the Orange Hawkweed, photographed in mid-October.