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stickyweed, not sticky?

daninthedirt (USDA 9a, HZ9, CentTX, Sunset z30, Cfa)
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I gather this is galium aparine - Stickyweed cleaver that, at least later in the season, has nasty burrs that grab onto your socks and clothing. But right now there are no such burrs. Nothing sticking to anything. What's the life cycle here? Are those burrs seeds that form after it flowers, and it's too early to flower? The leaves are a bit scratchy, though.


Comments (2)

  • floraluk2
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    The burs are the fruit. The flowers are tiny so you might miss them.


  • daninthedirt (USDA 9a, HZ9, CentTX, Sunset z30, Cfa)
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    Thanks. That makes sense. So the burrs are just a summer/fall phenomenon. That's consistent with my memory of them. I think these seed pods are the only way the stuff spreads.

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