Wildflowers of New York

Yellow Hawkweed - King Devil

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Yellow Hawkweed
- King Devil
Hieracium piloselloides


Aster Family
AKA: King Devil
Naturalized alien - garden escapee

A tall member of the hawkweed family often seen on roadsides in the north country.

One of two hawkweeds with Devil in the name. The other is Devil's Paintbrush. So called by farmers that found the plants to be devilishly hard to control.

Hawkweed comes from the old belief that hawks actually ate parts of the plant to improve their eyesight. Today we know better, hawks are just as prone to eat carrots.

Found: Fields, roadsides, waste places,
Height: 1 - 3 feet
June - Aug bloom time

Yellow Hawkweed - King Devil

Yellow Hawkweed - King Devil