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Taken June 22, 2011 – North Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
Hieracium aurantiacum (Orange Hawkweed)
Plant Info Also known as: Devil’s Paintbrush
Family: Asteraceae (Aster)
Life cycle: perennial
Habitat: sun to part shade; dry fields, along roads, disturbed soil
Bloom season: late spring, summer
Plant height: 6 to 24 inches
Flower: 7+petals flat
Flowers are ¾ to 1 inch across, with numerous petals (ray flowers), orange at the tips fading to yellow in the center of the flower. It looks like a small orange dandelion. 5 or more flower heads are tightly grouped at the top of the plant.
Leaves and stem: alternate basal simple
Leaves mostly surround the base of the plant, 2 to 5 inches long and to 1 inch wide, with 1 or 2 small leaves alternately attached on the stem. The leaves and stem are both covered in long hairs.