Many of the images and much of the information in this blog can be found in my book, Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.
Orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum), also called devil’s paintbrush, is a perennial in the Aster family, found largely in open areas with poor soil. The seeds of this flower develop without pollination, and thus the resulting plants are exact clones of the parent plant. It also reproduces from horizontal stems that creep along the ground as well as under the ground. Thus, where you find one hawkweed, you usually find many. You often find ox-eye daisies growing alongside hawkweed, as well as several species of hawkweed that are yellow. Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies often visit hawkweed for its nectar, even though very little is produced by the plant.