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Hieracium aurantiacum
orange hawkweed

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across southern Canada and northern U.S; widely distributed throughout eastern U.S.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, meadows, pastures, forest edge, wastelots, and other disturbed areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from fibrous roots and long rhizomes, the bristly stems 2-9 dm. tall, with milky juice.


Leaves all basal except for 1 or 2 very small cauline leaves, with long bristles on both sides, oblanceolate-linear, up to 1 dm. long.


Heads several in a compact terminal cluster, the corollas all ligulate and bright red-orange.

Accepted Name:
Hieracium aurantiacum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 801. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hieracium aurantiacum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hieracium aurantiacum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hieracium aurantiacum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hieracium aurantiacum photos.

USDA Plants: Hieracium aurantiacum information.

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