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Pilosella aurantiaca

fox and cubs

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.2m to 0.4m
  • Speed of GrowthVery fast
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourYellow to orange to rust red.
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Herbaceous or Alpine

Other common names

orange hawkweed

Origin

Mountains of central and southern Europe.

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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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist, Moist or Wet to moist

Cultivation

Will self-seed freely and naturalise in grassy areas.

Propagation

By seed, or by stoloniferous runners.

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