bright orange red, composite, outer petals are squared off and ragged, found clustered at the top of a bristly flower scape and seeds are dispersed on wind bore parachutes (pappus). Blooms June through August.
bristly, forms a basal rosette with 2-3 reduced leaves on the stem.
square stems, rhizoms
reaches 18 inches tall
Introduced from Europe as an ornamental plant.
The common name Hawkweed comes from the idea that eating the plant would give the eyesight of a Hawk. (syn Pilosella aurantiaca)
Notes & Reference
#77-The Field Guide to Weeds (Crockett), #83-Favorite Wild Flowers of the Great Lakes and Northeastern US