Fox-and-cubs Pilosella aurantiaca

Pilosella aurantiaca (L.) F.W. Schultz & Sch. Bip.

Plant height 20-40 cm. Flower width 1-2.5 cm.

Also called ‘Orange Hawkweed’, the flowers are a bright red-orange and make it appear quite striking and unmistakable. The stems and buds are covered in dark hairs.

It flowers June to August, and is found in various habitats including grassy places, brownfield sites and roadside verges. A non-native plant, native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe, it was first introduced to Britain and Ireland in the early part of the seventeenth century as a garden plant which has now become widely naturalised throughout Great Britain.