I have what I call a cocklebur. It looks like a tiny star explosion about
1/4" in diameter, and has porcupine spines that stick and burn. The poor
pooch came in this morning with about twenty in her long fur. So, we had
fun getting them out.
I'm going out today (I have two acres) and find them and dig them up. I am
reluctant to use Roundup because the dogs run all over, and we just lost a
pussycat of Lab last Nov. to cancer, so want to go easy on the poisons.
Anyone know what this is? It grows on grassy stalks that have long green
and purple stalks and leaves.
On Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:33:01 -0400, Bill who putters
Burs are beautiful plants and their deep roots are good for the soil.
They typically grow singularly or in small groupings, their flowers
are gorgeous and conspicuous making the plant easy to avoid.
Here's some pics of the beautiful, conspicuous and gorgeous plant. Are we
talking about the same thing here?
Heart surgery pending?
Read up and prepare.
Learn how to care for a friend.
In Florida, those plants are called, generically, "sandspur". See
Transplants tend to call them "sandburrs" for some reason. Generations
of children have enjoyed mock battles using racemes of sandspur seeds
The plant is endemic, incipient and indigenous to the
Southeastern U.S.A. and thrives in the sandy soils along the Gulf (of
Mexico) AWA the Atlantic Seaboard. As a Florida native, I can assure
you that the only way to get rid of them is to uproot the plant
_before_ the seeds (the burrs) mature and begin to dislodge.
Alternatively, herbicides may be used. Cultivated "turf" (those
detestable "lawns" of non-native grasses that infest Florida, for
example) discourages sandspur's spread because it doesn't like
competition, "rich" soil, or irrigation. While the plant resembles
grass, its habit as that of a sedge. That is, it spreads in a
"rosette" from a central root system. Blossoms are inconspicuous on
racemes and the plant is most easily spotted after the seeds begin to
develop, although, with experience you will be able to spot the
This plant is ubiquitous throughout Florida, being perfectly
adapted to the native sandy soil, to all of the habitats and to the
increasingly "green desert" climate. It thrives in poor soils and in
dry conditions. Sandspurs are one of Florida's two largest
agricultural products, the other being mosquitoes ;-) They are
adaptive: For example, repeated mowings simply cause the plant to
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