This is Devil’s Paintbrush, which is the evocative name of a type of Hawkweed that grows abundantly in Ontario. It is one of the more spectacular wildflowers that you are likely to find growing by the side of the road. They like open spaces and lots of sunshine. They close their petals in the evening, and if the day is very dark and cloudy they don’t always open up all the way.
Hawkweed got its name because people once believed that hawks drank the nectar to improve their eyesight. Devil’s Paintbrush is so called because it tends to grow in farmers’ fields, and is apparently bit of devil to get rid of.
NOTE: This is my one-year anniversary on this blog. Thanks for sticking with me!