Fox and Cubs

fox and cubs or orange hawkweed

Fox and cubs, AKA Orange hawkweed

Taxonomy, a peculiar science –
how and by whom are names decided?
Uncontrollable by mowing,
Pilosella aurantiaca,
to use its scientific  name,
is considered worldwide a noxious weed –
seen as mundane and unromantic,
but its common name of fox and cubs
charms us with the semantic.


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9 Responses to Fox and Cubs

  1. And it’s so pretty.


  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    In WA state we call it Indian Paintbrush too; it grows wild & free along blue highways & forest service roads. Nice little poem; I never can seem to get my thoughts to accept such tight parameters; even though I do like American Sentences.


  3. Weeds are in the eye of the beholder. Some I pull, some I cherish! Aren’t these the same as Marigolds? We plant them to deter insects from the roses and veggies!


  4. rosross says:

    Oh this is clever. Well done.


  5. I had never heard it called this before, Viv and now I love it even MORE if that were possible! We always called it Indian Paintbrush…I love this though, Fox and Cubs. Beautiful!! I need to be on the look out for these. ♥


  6. I’ve always liked this flower. In Canada we call it Devil’s Paintbrush though.


  7. Misky says:

    I think it’s very pretty!



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