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Orange Hawkweed, Devil's Paintbrush - Hieracium aurantiacum


Family: Asteraceae - Aster family Genus Common Name: Hawkweed Native Status: IntroducedDicot Perennial Herb
Hieracium aurantiacum - Orange Hawkweed, Devil's Paintbrush. This non-native species is listed as a noxious weed in five states. Hieracium aurantiacum is found in most of the northern United States from coast to coast, and a number of southern states as well. It is also found in much of Canada.

Found in:
AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
Hieracium aurantiacum

Distribution of Hieracium aurantiacum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 20 Sep 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Nels Lake, BWCAW, St Louis County, MN Date: 2012-September-09Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Other Hawkweeds (genus Hieracium) have yellow blossoms, but Orange Hawkweed’s name reflects the color of the blossom.
Hieracium aurantiacum

Site: Nels Lake, BWCAW, St Louis County, MN Date: 2012-September-09Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Hieracium aurantiacum is a quite hairy plant, a feature of many Hieracium species. The leaves are almost exclusively in a basal rosette, “spatulate to oblanceolate”, hairy. The stem is usually 8 to 18 inches tall, but is occasionally up to about 3 feet, and is also hairy. The stem is usually unbranched or branched only near the top.
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Hieracium aurantiacum

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