ORANGE HAWKWEED, Hieracium
aurantiacum L. 1, entire plant, showing roots, stolons, leaves,
and flower stalk; 2, single flower; 3, seed. Perennial,
reproducing by seeds and stolons. Roots fibrous. Stolons run along
ground, rooting at the nodes. Stems erect, 6 to 18 inches (15 to
45 cm) tall, covered with stiff hairs, containing a milky juice. Leaves
basal, without petioles, simple, covered with stiff hairs. Flower
heads about 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) in diameter, clustered at the top
of the leafless stems, composed of conspicuous orange-red ray flowers only.
Seeds about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) long, dark brown or black, cylindrical,
elongated, and covered with longitudinal ridges. Found in poor pastures
and other poor noncultivated soils. Does not persist in cultivated crops.