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any species of the genus Hieracium of the family Asteraceae (aster family), widely distributed perennials, chiefly of open fields. The small, dandelionlike flower heads are borne in clusters at the top of a long, hairy stem; the basal leaves are also hairy.
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Look about you at the brown-eyed Susan, oxeye daisy, Queen Anne's lace, feverfew, devil's paintbrush, New England asters and dozens of kinds of goldenrod seemingly growing without a care in field and meadow.
THE DEVIL'S PAINTBRUSH by Jake Arnott (Sceptre, pounds 15) ***
It's called The Devil's Paintbrush and is based on the life of Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, a hero of the British Empire who committed suicide when accused of sodomy with Sri Lankan boys.