Perennial herb with one to several erect, branched stems <90cm tall. Flowering stems almost leafless. Dandelion-like leaves form basal rosette. Small yellow flowerheads (Dec-Mar) at end of branchlets. Seeds have a group of white downy hairs at one end & a ‘tooth’ that hooks that help dispersal.
Pasture & crop areas.
Parachute-like seeds dispersed by wind & by sticking to to wool, fur, clothing & machinery. Spread vegetatively by root fragments.
Serious crop & pasture weed, competing for both moisture & nutrients especially in spring. Wiry stems choke harvesting equipment.
Vigorous plant & its very deep root system make it difficult to control.
1. Spray (60ml Tordon Gold/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.