Jun 15 2014

King Devil

Published by at 7:20 am under Plants

King Devil at Raccoon Creek State Park (photo by Kate St. John)

My neighbors will tell you I am not a gardener.  When the growing season arrives I spend all my time birding.  Around Memorial Day I glance at the garden and think, "Something must be done!"  I go out there with my Newcomb's Wildflower Guide and identify what's growing.  I pull out the noxious weeds and leave everything else in place.

That's how I got King Devil.

Also called Field Hawkweed (Hieracium pratense), it's a perennial creeping plant whose yellow flowers cluster at the top of a tall, hairy stem.  The leaves are basal, thin, hairy, untoothed and hardly noticeable compared to the flowers.

I find the flowers interesting in all their phases.

King Devil at Raccoon Creek State Park (photo by Kate St. John)

I left the King Devil where it sprouted.

Wikipedia says, "This species finds its habitat where the soil has been neglected."  That's a pretty good description of my gardening efforts.  The birds are luring me away from home.


(photos by Kate St. John)

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2 Responses to “King Devil”

  1. John Englishon 15 Jun 2014 at 8:03 am

    One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower. I’m on the side of the wildflowers. It’s a gorgeous plant 🙂

  2. Kathy Bramanon 15 Jun 2014 at 3:00 pm

    LOL, Kate. You’re so cute!

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