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Sandburs, Buffalobur & Puncturevine: How to ID and deal with the prickly plants


September 12, 2019

Courtesy PR Extension Service

A few of the late summer and early fall weeds are very prickly, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph.

“Field sandbur seeds stick to everything…shoe laces, socks, wool, and fur,” commented Rumph, “and it hurts your fingers when you detach them unless wearing gloves,” she added. The plant is a warm season, grassy annual weed, reproducing by seed.

The plant grows 8 inches to 3 feet tall, occasionally erect, but usually spreading horizontally and forming dense mats. A native of Europe, longspine sandbur is a nuisance throughout most o...

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