Hieracium caespitosum

Common Names: Field hawkweed, meadow hawkweed, yellow hawkweed, king devil, yellow paintbrush, devil's paintbrush, yellow devil, yellow fox-and-cubs, yellow king-devil
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

A creeping perennial, with shallow, fibrous roots and long rhizomes. The leaves, hairy on both sides, are up to 15 cm long, spatulate, and almost exclusively basal with the exception of 1 or 2 very small cauline leaves. The leaves lie flat to the ground and overlap. The stems are bristly and usually leafless, although occasionally a small leaf appears near the midpoint. Stems, leaves, and bracts have dense, blackish hairs and exude milky juice when broken. The 1 cm flower heads appear in tight clusters at the top of the 1/3 to 1 m stems with 5 to 40 flowers per cluster. Corollas are all ligulate and bright yellow. Each single flower head is an inflorescence and each petal forms its own seed, making them each a separate flower or floret.

Found near roadsides, neglected residential and commercial landscapes, minimally maintained public parks and open spaces, vacant lots, rubble dump sites, and abandoned grasslands (meadows).

Primary Flower Color: Yellow
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.