Friday, July 9, 2010

Standing Out - Photo of the Day - July 9th, 2010

Standing Out - Photo of the Day - July 9th, 2010
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"Standing Out"

A few yellow flowers of a Yellow Hawkweed stand out amid a field of their orange hawkweed cousins.

Captured near Thinder Bay, in northern Ontario, Canada.

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Yellow Hakweed (Hieracium caespitosum) is also known by the names meadow hawkweed, field hawkweed, king devil, yellow paintbrush, devil’s paintbrush, yellow devil, yellow fox-and-cubs, and yellow king-devil. Yellow hawkweed is native to northern, central, and eastern portions of
Europe, however, along with it’s orangehawkweed cousin, it is now widespread as an invasive species in North America. The plant was most likely introduced into the United States in 1828 as an ornamental. The
plant is now found from Quebec to Ontario, and southward to Georgia and Tennessee.

Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum, Pilosella aurantiaca) is also known as Fox-and-cubs, Tawny Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush, Grim-the-collier.

At one time, it was believed that the hawkweeds improved peoples’ eyesight. Hawks, whose survival depended on good eyesight, are said to have visited the hawkweeds to drink their juice to strengthen their eyesight. Because these plant are hard to remove once established, farmers called them Devil’s Paintbrush or Devil’s Weed.

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