In my travels around the country I have been enjoying seeing the bright yellow faces of Hawkbit (Leontodon taraxacoides) in the ditches like a yellow continuous ribbon to look at along the side of the roads. They are about the only flower you see (now they’ve stopped sowing wild flowers) along the miles of motorway strips between the lanes approaching Auckland. I was so enjoying seeing them while crawling in traffic I took photos on the cell phone.
Why is it the only flower you see in the ditches? I thought it may have become resistant to herbicides, but it didn’t
show up on any list. However, it is very quick to recover in places that are sprayed. Turns out herbicides do not induce resistance in weed species, rather they simply select for resistant individuals that naturally occur within the weed population. This shows their incredible resilience and adaptability in their genetic pool. Food for thought: is spraying not poisoning ourselves in the long run?