Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush Flowers

I grew up knowing this flower as Indian Paintbrush but using Wikipedia I find it listed at Hawk Weed which is Hieracium aurantiacum. There are several other flowers that showed up as Indian Paintbrush. Good thing we have scientific names, and Wikipedia! Interestingly, Wikipedia does recognize this as one of the flowers with the common name of Indian Paintbrush, just a less common common name.

If you look very closely you’ll see a spider silk which held this flower still as I got my photo.

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17 Responses to Indian Paintbrush

  1. ranch101 says:

    That’s very different from what I always called Indian Paintbrush. The color scheme’s about the same, though.

  2. sara says:

    aka “devil’s paintbrush”

  3. JK says:

    I know this as Indian Paintbrush as well. Maybe it’s a Vermont thing? Someone should ask the Abenaki.

  4. Adam Stevens says:

    Interesting what common names mean in different areas! I am used to Indian Paintbrush referring to this: but then your “milkweed” is probably true milkweed, mine refers to Japanese Knotweed. I have fond memories of Indian Paintbrush as it attracts some very pretty butterflies…

  5. ash_ley_22 says:

    We’ve always referred to this flower as the Indian Paintbrush in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area as well. I was very surprised to see different flowers when I searched for it in Google images.

  6. Brooke says:

    Hi, just doing a search on the indian paintbrush and came across your blog. I am from the Laurentian area (north of Montreal) and i grew up thinking your flower is the indian paintbrush as well. Cheers, Brooke

  7. Christie Gosselin says:

    I had always thought it was Indian Paintbrush, too!!

  8. Todd Roberson says:

    My mother taught me to identify this as Indian Paintbrush back in the early 1940s.

  9. K Hubert says:

    I knew this as Indian Paintbrush, too, and I’m from Eastern Ontario (Canada). So clearly the name was known across a very wide area. It seems to be almost nonexistent around my town lately, though…there was a lot more of it 20 or 30 years ago.

  10. Nancy Davenport says:

    I grew up in upstate New York and also called this Indian Paintbrush. Have recently moved to Washington State and what they call here Indian Paintbrush is a very different plant. Funny.

  11. Emily LeVine says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for the amazing blog; so much great information.
    I was curious to come across this post, as my main reason for wanting to get pigs is to eradicate a severe hawkweed infestation on a piece of abandoned pasture that I recently bought. I am very curious to know if your pigs eat this plant, and more importantly, if they dig up the roots and eat THOSE. I understand that rooting is dependent on management, but assuming that they were rooting in the first place…will they possibly eat my hawkweed? Any tips on breeds that may do this better than others? Thanks!

    • I have not observed pigs specifically eating the roots but I suspect they will. It is related to chicory and the pigs love chicory although mostly they eat graze the tops. However, that said, our pigs primarily graze. They’re lazy pigs who eat the top forages and then I rotate them round and round they go.

  12. Sean Govan says:

    My absolute favorite wildflower. I haven’t seen any since I left Wisconsin years ago.

  13. GINA A MILETTA says:

    My Mother has called this Indian Paintbrush as well. I have both the yellow and orange growing on my property. I live in PA.

  14. RKR says:

    VERY invasive. Both Minnesota and Wisconsin, among other states, have been actively trying to rid. But I agree, beautiful, especially when surrounded by yellow buttercups and blue cornflowers like I had in back field as a child.

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