Identifying and Controlling Common Burr Weeds: A Comprehensive Guide

Burrs are typically associated with weed plants that produce seed pods covered in small spines or hooks that easily cling to clothing, animal fur, or other surfaces. These burr weeds can be a nuisance and spread rapidly. Here are a few examples of burr weeds:

Velcro Weed (Bidens spp.)

Velcro weed, also known as beggar’s ticks, produces small burrs covered in hooked bristles. They can attach to clothing, animal fur, or even human hair. The burrs can be difficult to remove, and the plant is commonly found in fields, gardens, and other disturbed areas.

Cocklebur (Xanthium spp.)

Cocklebur is a weed that produces round burrs covered in spines or bristles. These burrs can easily attach to clothing, animal fur, or even machinery. Cocklebur plants tend to thrive in moist or disturbed areas, such as riverbanks, ditches, and cultivated fields.

Burdock (Arctium spp.)

Burdock is a biennial plant that produces large, prickly burrs with hooked bristles. These burrs can become entangled in clothing or animal fur. Burdock plants are often found in waste areas, roadsides, and fields.

Stickseed (Hackelia spp.)

Stickseed is a group of plants that produce burrs covered in tiny hooks or bristles. These burrs can cling to clothing, animal fur, or even bird feathers. Stickseed plants typically grow in disturbed areas, including fields, meadows, and roadsides.

When dealing with burr weeds, it’s important to remove them carefully to avoid spreading their seeds. Wearing protective gloves and clothing can help prevent the burrs from attaching to your skin. Proper weed management practices, including regular mowing and removal, can help control the spread of burr weeds in your area.