Fox-and-cubs - Pilosella aurantiaca

Alternative names
Orange Hawkweed

Short to medium, stoloniferous, blackish-hairy plant. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette. Flowers orange-red 13 to 15 mm in fairly tight clusters.

Identification difficulty

Grassy and waste habitats, lawns, cultivated land.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widely naturalised in Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common and probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map