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weed that has seed pods that stick to.clothes

An herbaceous perennial wildflower (Geum spp.) native to our region that produces small hooked achenes that can attached onto the fur of mammals, feathers of birds and to the clothing of humans. The seed heads look like a combed porcupine; however, the individual seeds have long achenes or barbs that penetrates soft clothing, which are not that difficult to remove. (Easy to remove.)

Other strategies in which plants evolved to have their seeds dispersed are the fruiting species, which rely on hungry animals such as birds, mammals and even turtles that eat the sweet fruits and in return are digested and deposited far distances away.

The results of my pesky pickings are as follows from the easiest to remove to the most annoying:

The design of these unique seeds developed hook-like barbs that penetrate fur and fabric exactly like Velcro. Some seeds latch onto clothing quite tightly and require effort to physically remove them, hence the reason of my self-inflicted experiment. The six species of sticky seeds that I purposely placed on the sleeve of my jacket and subsequently removed were burdock, beggar ticks, cocklebur, avens, stick-tights and agrimony.

Hardy acorns, hickory nuts and black walnuts fall, bounce and roll away while the seeds of spotted touch-me-not and witch-hazel catapult out from the pressurized seed capsules.

Did you ever experience those uninvited tag-alongs that follow you wherever you go, and becomes so annoying, you have to say, “Get off my back, my legs, my pants, my shirt, my coat and my shoes?”

I then placed a collection of individual seeds onto the arm of my gray fleece jacket to determine which clingy seed species was the most difficult to remove.

Weed seeds spread in a variety of ways, be they traveling by water, by air, or on animals. The group of weeds nicknamed the “hitchhikers” are seeds that stick to clothing and fur, making it difficult to dislodge them immediately.

Also, what are sticky buds called? Cleavers (Galium aparine), with its characteristic ‘sticky‘ seeds, is easily introduced to gardens from uncultivated land and can become a sprawling nuisance in beds and borders.

Are burrs poisonous to humans?

Accordingly, what are the plants that stick to your clothes?

Did you know that cockleburs (Xanthium genus), those annoying burs that stick to your clothes and scratch your skin, are toxic if consumed? Most people are not in the habit of consuming the prickly, spiny seed pods, but they can be incorporated into animal feeds and hay.