Weed seeds stick to socks

Weed seeds stick to socks

Spiny cocklebur is unmistakable with its stout, forked spines at the base of each leaf.] Each cocklebur fruit contains two seeds that may remain viable for many years. The prickly burs hook into your clothing and become tightly attached, like the Velcro® fasteners on shoes and day packs.

This plant is called a “foxtail” due to the bushy spikes of the grass that resemble the tail of a fox. Each spike of grass have a hardened tip or “callus” and spikes called “retrorse barbs” that point away from the tip of the callus. These spikes attach easily to pet fur and human clothing.

What plant has green spiky balls?

Sweet Gum. Sweet gum is a native shade tree that has glossy green leaves with five lobes, similar to a sugar maple. Sep 28, 2020

What are Cockleburs good for?

People take Siberian cocklebur by mouth for chronic bronchitis, common cold, constipation, sinus infection, stuffy nose, itching, hives, a condition affecting the joints called rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, headache, tuberculosis, and kidney disease. Nov 6, 2021

What plant creates burrs?

Common plants with burs

Anthriscus caucalis (burr chervil) Arctium lappa (greater burdock) Bidens pilosa (beggar ticks) Cenchrus longispinus (longspine sandbur)

What is the plant that seeds stick to your clothes?

Hikers in the Sierra Nevada of California have undoubtedly noticed the little seed-bearing nutlets of a blue wildflower called forget-me-not or stickseed (Hackelia species) firmly attached to their shoelaces or socks.

Goose Grass, Sticky Willy

Often remembered from childhood, goose grass or sticky willy has clinging hairs on its leaves, stem and seeds which stick to your clothes. It’s an annual and easy removed but also easily spreads with its self sown seedlings. Can grow up to 4ft high. Sticky Willy can grow rapidly during warm weather. The sticky stems are able to scramble around the garden, smothering small, cultivated plants and setting masses of seed. It’s usually introduced on the coats of animals, birds’ feathers or human clothing. Its lifecycle is approximately eight weeks from germination to setting seed.

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Leaves

The leaves and stem are covered with hooked hairs that latch onto anything that brushes against them.

Flowers

2 to 5 stalked flowers appear at the end of a stem. Individual flowers have 4 pointed white petals with a greenish center, and are about 1/16 inch across.

Preferred Habitat

Sticky Willy is a common garden weed and likes shade. Keep a close eye out for it as it will creep around your plants, spreading as it goes.

Weed Control

Remove Sticky Willy regularly by hand, or hoe off young seedlings before they set seed. Avoid getting seeds on clothing, as this can inadvertently spread it around the garden. Mulch borders with a 5cm layer of garden compost or composted bark to suppress seedlings.

Not Just a Weed

The leaves and stems of the plant can be cooked as a leaf vegetable if gathered before the fruits appear.

Sticky Willy is a reliable herb and is used to clean urinary stones and to treat urinary infections.

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At Vialii, we are strong proponents of organic gardening and try to avoid weedkiller if we can. To many people, weeds are wonderful things, whether they are grown as pretty wildflowers or for their health benefits. But we understand they can be frustrating in gardens so our Weedipedia pages detail our most common weeds, how to identify & get rid of them but also their benefits too. If you need help getting rid of your own weeds please get in touch.

Common Weeds

Goose Grass, Sticky Willy

Often remembered from childhood, goose grass or sticky willy has clinging hairs on its leaves, stem and seeds which stick.

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Horse or Mares Tail

One of the most dreaded of weeds, Mares Tail can spread like wildfire so if you see it, deal with.

Larger Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed

Bindweed is a notorious, perennial weed which no gardener wants to find in their garden as its so hard to.

Chickweed

Chickweed is one of the most common of weeds with the most delicate tiny white star-shaped flowers hence its Latin.

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping buttercup is a common perennial weed with low-lying foliage that forms mats. Its instantly recognisable glossy yellow flowers appear.