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National Laboratory for Health Security

It’s a beautiful flower, but it would be better if it didn’t get out of control

Mindent beborít a kokárdavirág egy izsáki réten – Fotó: dr. Szigeti Viktor / Ökológiai Kutatóközpont

The blanket flower, native to North America, is widely known among hobby gardeners, but it escaped from small gardens and appears to be causing serious ecological problems in a drying climate.


This research was supported by the National Talent Programme of Hungary and the Prime Minister's Office (NTP-NFTÖ-21-B-0288), and by the National Laboratory for Health Security (RRF-2.3.1-21-2022-00006), Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest, Hungary.