Being an orange hawkweed, this flower has uniquely identifiable characteristics. There is also a '
Yellow Fox & Cubs'.
Confusion: There are two sub-species of Fox and Cubs, ssp. auranticola which is much less abundant and ssp. carpaticola which is widespread. It is likely that all the above are of the latter sub-species. They are native to alpine Europe, growing on mountains at up to 2.6km above sea level, and were introduced to the UK as a garden plant.
The name of 'Fox and Cubs' refers to the way that many of the as-yet un-opened flower heads hide beneath those that have opened. The seed-head of orange hawkweed is both smaller and coarser than that of the dandelion, to which it is related.
Fox and Cubs is often found in churchyards and graveyards, but can equally be found in the garden.
Not to be semantically confused with Hieracium aurantiaca ssp. aurantiaca and Hieracium aurantiaca ssp. carpaticola (which are Hawkweeds rather than Mouse-ear Hawkweeds, but the two are so similar in name that the reader may begin to wonder if someone somewhere has got them confused?).