Pilosella aurantiaca (L.) F.W.Schultz & Sch.Bip.
orange-red king devil
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Brian Klinkenberg     (Photo ID #88693)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Pilosella aurantiaca
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a short or more often elongate rhizome and commonly with short, stout stolons; stems erect, usually solitary, leafless or with 1 or 2 reduced leaves, long bristly-hairy and also with starlike hairs and glandular above, exuding a milky juice when broken, 10-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, narrowed to a stalked base, 4-20 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, usually long bristly-hairy above, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, entire or slightly toothed; stem leaves greatly reduced.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, several to many in a relatively small round- to flat-topped inflorescence; involucres 5-8 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate, long bristly-hairy, also with blackish gland-tipped hairs; ray flowers orange-red, drying to purple.
Achenes narrowed at the base, 1.5-2 mm long; pappus brownish.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Pilosella aurantiaca

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1007 215 2200
Slope Gradient (%)
12 0 70

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

155 15 355
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 1 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

ESSF(15), ICH(16), IDF(5), PP(1), SBPS(5), SBS(51), SWB(1)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in BC south of 55degreeN; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Hieracium aurantiacum L.