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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map