Wednesday, 11 May 2011

These misidentifications are far too common.

One of the big problems with all the undeserved panic about ragwort is that other wildflowers get targeted. We get gangs of workmen going out to clear road verges and all yellow plants are going to suffer. These guys are not botanists. Not of course that the evidence shows that ragwort seeds blow around much and that roadside plants are a risk.

Ragwort hysteria has spread to the Netherlands where this latest beauty complete with picture comes from. The article is of course Double Dutch to most people but it talks about the plant being a risk to children, which of course it isn't in any real terms at all.

This picture from the article isn't ragwort of course. It looks as if it is a hawksbeard or something similar.
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