Sandbur

Cenchrus spp.

Photo of Sandbur
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Sandbur is a plant that no one loves. The seed is enclosed in a hard membrane covered with sharp, stiff spines with hooks. These easily penetrate clothes and skin and cause great distress. They are also difficult to dislodge from animal fur. Sandbur prefers sandy soils.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences