The flowers of devil's paintbrush measure 2 cm. in width and are arranged in small, dense clusters atop the terminal shoot. The radially symmetrical, dandelion-like bloom comprises of several rectangular petal-like rays, each having five distinct tip-bristles. The bloom is a brilliant orange that gradually blends to yellow at the center; the anthers are integrated between the central rays. The bracts are green and are covered with distinct black, gland-tipped hairs.
The dandelion-shaped leaves of this wildflower measure approximately 5-12.5 cm. in length. They form a basal rosette and, like the stem, are coarsely hairy.
Devil's paintbrush grows best in opens fields, around clearings, and along roadsides.
Other names attributed to devil's paintbrush include orange hawkweed. This flower was given the name "hawkweed" by the Roman naturalist Pliny who thought the bllom was eaten by hawks as a means of strengthening eyesight.
Devil's paintbrush earns its name from its brilliant color and prolific reproduction; it is a highly visible and extremely pesky weed that can overcome croplands and irritate farmers.