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Mouse-ear hawkweed

Mouse-ear hawkweed

Mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella) is a major problem in some South Island tussock grasslands. It favours dry, sunny areas on sandy, less fertile soil. It produces stolons (stems that grow across the surface of the ground), which generate a new rosette at their extremity and form dense mats, taking up pasture space. It is also propagated by seeds. Hawkweed is hairy and unpalatable to sheep.

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Ian Popay, 'Weeds of agriculture - Weeds in pasture, crops and forestry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Ian Popay, published 24 Nov 2008