Orange hawkweed control program

Orange hawkweed is a highly invasive alpine weed that has been found in the Fern Tree area and is the focus of a renewed push by the City of Hobart to eradicate it before the weed gets out of control.

The City is working with local residents to determine if orange hawkweed is present on their properties. If the weed is found, we will work with local residents to eradicate it.

Report orange hawkweed sightings

If you are a runner, walker, mountain bike rider or day tripper to kunanyi/Mt Wellington please keep an eye out for orange hawkweed over summer and report any possible sightings, especially around the Springs visitor area.

The photo on this page and our fact sheet(PDF, 1MB) should help you identify the plant.

IMPORTANT: it is extremely important you do not disturb any plants that look like orange hawkweed. Disturbance can help spread this environmental weed.

There are several ways you can report your sighting:

  • Email a photo of the flower to and include a description of where you found it. Please include your phone number in case we need to get more information about your sighting.

Orange hawkweed is clearly identifiable by its distinctive orange flowers and hairy stems and leaves. It closely resembles the common lawn weeds dandelion and hawkbit, but is far more invasive.

Orange hawkweed report form


Orange hawkweed is easiest to identify when it is in flower - January through to February.

It's quite a beautiful plant when in flower, its fiery red and orange petals help distinguish it from other plants and make it much easier to identify.

If you think you have orange hawkweed on your property, please contact the City of Hobart on 03 6238 2711.

For help identifying this weed you can download our orange hawkweed fact sheet(PDF, 1MB).

The NSW has also created 3D modelling of the weed using Sketchfab:

Orange Hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca) FINAL by NSW DPI on Sketchfab

Environmental threat

Orange hawkweed is an aggressive European weed that poses a real threat to Tasmania's alpine and sub-alpine habitats. It can outcompete native grasses and herbs, and eventually take over entire ecosystems.

On the mainland the weed is a scourge of the Australian Alps in both NSW and Victoria, and the focus of a major eradication program.

However, in Tasmania orange hawkweed has been found in just two areas, the Central Highlands and Fern Tree. It is believed the weed is still present in small enough numbers that it can be eradicated.