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Herbaceous Perennial

Pilosella aurantiaca
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Pilosella are hairy herbaceous perennials spreading by rhizomes or stolons, with leaves in basal rosettes, and sometimes as smaller stem leaves, and stems topped with flowerheads like small dandelions, in shades usually of yellow, sometimes orange, rarely red or white, and windblown seed with a pappus of white or pale brown hairs Pilosella aurantiaca is a hairy herbaceous perennial spreading by stolons to form clumps of basal rosettes of elliptical green leaves, and stems up to 20cm high topped by clusters of flowerheads, 1.5cm across, which in bud first reveal the deep russet-red undersides of the petals, then open out into rich orange florets, shading to golden orange towards the centre, in summer; it is widely naturalised in Britain, and is visited by bees for nectar and pollen

Other common names
Flora's paintbrush
golden mouse ear
see moreGrim-the-collier
missionary weed
orange-flowered hawkweed
red daisy
devil's paintbrush [2]
Synonyms
Hieracium aurantiacum

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained or even dry soil, in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown directly into position, or in containers outdoors, or by division in autumn or spring; it can also self-seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Prairie planting
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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