One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The European orange hawkweed, which has become naturalized in North America.
Hieracium aurantiacum, family Compositae
- ‘Early New England farmers called it the Devil's Paintbrush possibly from the reddish orange colour.’
- ‘You didn't mention where you were located, but in Eastern Canada our soil is very acid, favouring plants like strawberries and 'Devil's Paintbrush'.’
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