A perennial, low-growing, very hairy weed, spreading by means of vigorous and rapidly growing leafy stolons. Leaves basal, spatulate or oblong, blunt at the apex, narrowed at the base, usually entire, 2 to 5 inches long, one-fourth to 1 inch wide, very hairy. Flowers borne on a slender, hairy, leafless stem (rarely with one or two small leaves), 6 to 20 inches high, the heads of flowers bright orange-red in color, one-half to 1 inch broad, few or several in a rather dense inflorescence or cluster at the summit of the stem, the upper part of the stem and the inflorescence thickly dotted with black, glandular-tipped hairs. Flowers of the head all alike, with five-toothed, strap-shaped corollas. Involucres one-third to one-half of an inch high, composed of linear-lanceolate green bracts, densely covered with black hairs, the bracts arranged in two or three series.

In fields, woods and along roadsides, widely distributed as an obnoxious weed in the eastern states, but native of the Old World. Flowering from June to September.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 223

A. King Devil   Hieracium florentinum b. devils paintbrush; orange Hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum

A. King Devil - Hieracium florentinum b. devils-paintbrush; orange Hawkweed Hieracium aurantiacum