Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium auantiacum)

Hello, I moved to a new house last November which happens to be built on cleared woodland land.  I noticed in early spring a lot of hair spiky leaved weeds around the lawn edge an in the borders, then some flower shoots appeared with ornage flowers which are quite pretty I might add.  Having looked on the web I discovered it is Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium auantiacum) I can't find out much information from UK sources on how to deal with the invasion and what steps I can take to eradicate the weed.  Does anyone know anything about this weed and how can I get rid of it before it takes over the whole garden??  Any advice would be very helpful.  Thanks in advance





  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I've got some of this  sprouting up in my garden. For me it's not a problem as it's a wildflower and I really like it.  So do some insects. I guess you could dig up what you have or use weed killer on it.

    fox and cubs is another name it goes by

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,831

    Grim the Collier is another name and it is a thug. Fortunately in grass, a Lawn weedkiller will deal with it. In a border then it has to be a contact weed killer sadly. It has creeping persistent roots so unless you dig out every scrap it will come back. And never never never ever let it flower. Every seed is viable and will grow,

  • I had a couple of these plants last year and this year they covered an area of about 6ft by 4ft - they totally take over!  To get rid of it firstly cut all the flower stems and ensure that none of the seeds drop onto the ground, then use Roundup ensuring you spray ever leaf (if you don't it will keep growing), it will start to die off.  The top will begin to die off but don't be fooled as it needs time to get into the root system.  Respray again in about a week, again ensuring you spray all the leaves.  Then leave for another two weeks by which time the top will have completed died off and Roundup will have worked on the roots and it can then be dug up. image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I know it as 'Fox and Cubs' and I have a patch of it that I encourage!  It's nice in long grass, on a bank or wall.

    Funny how we look at plants differently.

  • Yes it is.  I found it was so invasive that it killed all the other small plants near it because it just took their space and light.  I could not believe how quickly it spread.

  • I have some coming up between brick steps in my garden and I was thrilled by the beautiful flowers.  Until I read Angel's comments I was prepared to let it stay as often one removes an attractive weed only for it's place to be taken my an ugly monster!!  I shall have to think aboput this!

  • it is a non native plant,  colonates to a point of monoculture. It seem to be spreading through north wales. Kill it on sight, easiest to just pull it out

  • Wits EndWits End Posts: 1

    This plant has totally destroyed my own and neighbouring gardens. It gradually destroys plants and grass and is a notifiable weed in Australia and some parts of America. I too thought it pretty at first, now I wish I had a flame thrower though doubt if that would even do it, I spend a fortune on weedkillers every year just to try to keep some free areas. It is hard to pull out when growing in grass, even one tiny root hair is enough for it to survive and spread. Even if I got it under control in my garden you can hardly demand your neighbours do the same! By the time they realise what you are talking about it is too late for them too!

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I did like this plant last year...........not so much now, it definately has spread a lot. Think I will have to use the weedkiller on it


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Wildflower.  Scarce but locally common.

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