Montana Outdoors

July 5, 2017

It really is orange

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:13 am

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed ~ Hieracium aurantiacum


  1. Lovely!

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    Comment by kkessler833 — July 5, 2017 @ 11:36 am

  2. And bright orange too! What a stunning colour! I bet the bees go for it.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 5, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

    • They really stand out because of their color, but they are actually quite small. Each flower is about half the size of a dime.

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      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

      • There is nothing in the photo to compare the size to. Since they are that small, it means you did an excellent job of taking the photos!

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 5, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

  3. But the buds always look red to me until they open. We don’t see many here but I know where a few grow.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 5, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    • They come near the tail end of the summer flowers, but they are really pretty.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

  4. When I first saw them, they reminded me of cactus blooms. The buds are interesting, too. They’re quite hairy for something so small — it’s as though some of the hairs almost as as long as the bud.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 5, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

    • A lot of our wildflowers, large and small, have those kind of hairs. I’m sure there’s a good reason (or several) why they are part of the structure. Just don’t know what it is.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

  5. The blooms are gorgeous. When I came across a patch of plants along a trail in a Spokane County, WA conservation area, I collected a few of the seedheads and sprinkled them in a small empty spot in my flower garden. It wasn’t until three years later when the plants, thriving in well composted garden soil and on a drip system, had spread at an alarming rate (beyond 8×10 feet in the flower bed and choking out every other plant except the peonies in its path). When it spread out into the lawn and the grass was losing the competition, it was then that I did the research to identify it. I learned that this hawkweed is on the Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board’s list for control and that the reason I saw it so seldom in nearby conservation areas is because the county parks department was regularly spraying them with herbicide. I learned my lesson. I will never add seeds of a wild plant to my garden until I am sure that I have identified them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the people who bought my property 10 years ago. When I drive by, they are still battling this plant. The roots break off easily and even the tiniest bit will resprout a new plant.

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    Comment by Anonymous — July 6, 2017 @ 10:54 am

    • That’s good to know. I have seen it in many places in the wild, but not in large patches. It must do extremely well with good soil and plenty of water and not so good where the soil is poor and dry and where it might have natural enemies.. Luckily I haven’t been prone to trying to bring wild plants home.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 11:49 am

      • It’s on the hit list in our County too … in fact they used to offer a $50 bounty I believe. Not sure if that still holds. To collect you had to leave the plant intact in the ground and have someone from the County office come out to check. (Wouldn’t want someone making money by importing hawkweed from someplace else just for the reward!)


        Comment by Sally — August 4, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

        • I think they have that policy here too, but the problems this one causes here are very slight compared to the Spotted Knapweed and they don’t have the same policy with it.

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          Comment by montucky — August 4, 2017 @ 2:19 pm

  6. They almost look like cactus blooms.

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

  7. Thanks for posting this! We found a field of these in Wales this summer, and now I have a name for them.

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    Comment by genuinejoan — September 9, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

    • Wales! How interesting! I had read that it was introduced from Europe.


      Comment by montucky — September 9, 2017 @ 10:27 pm

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