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Cenchrus spp.

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.

Photo of Sandbur Seed Head

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