wojcik at pmsrs4.pd9.ford.com (wojcik) wrote:
> I'm hoping there's a wildflower expert out there who can help me ID
>a plant I found in northern Michigan. I was driving through a state forest
>in the upper peninsula and noticed these flower all along the south side of
>the road. I finally pulled over and took a close look. These flowers were
>all over the place, and I noticed they had a very nice color and fragrance.
>I found some seeds and gently lifted two plants (there were literally millions
>of them) and they are doing nicely in my backyard.
> Here's my best description of them in the hope they can be ID'd:
> Leaves: Very downy, about 4-5 inches long, 1/2 inch wide; leaves
> form a rosette
> Flowers: Smallish, 1/4 inch across; reddish-brown in color; sort of
> look like a smaller, copper-colored version of a dandelion;
> Very nice fragrance ... similar to heliotrope to my nose:
> flowers are on a long stalk, about 5-6 inches tall
> Seeds: Like a small version of dandelion seeds; each has a parachute.
> Roots: Fibrous, about 4-5 inches long
>Hope someone can ID this one. It's very nice and I hope the plants/seeds
>make it in my garden.
>Any idea on why it only grew on the south side of the road? It likes strong
> Thanks in advance.
>- Al Wojcik
> Allen Park, Mich.
While I am no expert at wildflower identification I will throw in my
two cents worth and say that you have found a "Orange Hawkweed" also
known as a "Devil's Paintbrush".
The south side of a road in a forest might have some shade at midday.
According to my notes on Orange Hawkweeds that I have found they were
growing in a partly shaded area.
Spring Grove, PA