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Pilosella aurantiaca

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Pilosella aurantiaca | Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43
Plant Size
5cm × 10cm

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Common names

fox and cubs, orange hawkweed


Pilosella aurantiaca (fox and cubs). This perennial plant was introduced to UK gardens in the 1620s and documented as a naturalised plant in the 1790s. It has rust-red to golden orange or yellow, daisy-like flowers with toothed petals. Mid-green, soft hairy lanceolate leaves form a basal rosette. The flower buds and stems are covered in thick black hairs.


Will self-seed freely and naturalise in grassy areas.

Interest and use

A protected species in its countries of origin, whilst a 'noxious weed' in Tasmania, various states in the USA and areas of BC in Canada. Grown for its striking flowers which show a gradation of colours as they mature.

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Pilosella aurantiaca | Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist, Moist or Wet to moist

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Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43
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