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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Pilosella aurantiaca

Scientific Name:   Pilosella aurantiaca
Common Name:   Fox and Cubs

Pilosella aurantiaca, more commonly known as Fox and Cubs, Orange Hawkbit, or Orange Hawkweed, is a member of the daisy family. It is a colourful perennial that spreads by seed and by means of stolons (runners) and shallow rhizomes. Plants usually grow to between 20 and 40cm in height, and the orange flowers are between 1 and 2.5cm in diameter. A key distinguishing feature (in addition to the orange colour of the flowers) is the presence of blackish hairs that cover the stems and, in particular, the young flower buds.

At the base of each shallow-rooting plant is a rosette of hairy oval to lanceolate leaves from the centre of which the flower stem arises, bearing a tight cluster of up to 12 or occasionally more flowers on very short pedicels (stalks).

Most common in central and southern Britain but also recorded in Ireland, Fox-and-cubs is an introduced invasive species not only in temperate parts of Europe and Asia but also in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and North America. Often found on stony waste land, in churchyards on roadside embankments and beside railway tracks, despite efforts to eradicate it this fast-spreading wildflower has also become a permanent feature of many parks and gardens.

In Britain and Ireland Fox-and-cubs produces its first flowers in June, providing a welcome burst of colour after many of our native wildflowers have died back. Flowering continues through summer and autumn, usually at least until October.
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