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Buffalo bur

By: Garden Gate staff
Buffalo bur grows up to 2 ft. tall and is armed with long yellow spines on its deeply lobed light green leaves and along sturdy stems.

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Buffalo bur Solanum rostratum

IDENTIFICATION — Buffalo bur grows up to 2 ft. tall and is armed with long yellow spines on its deeply lobed light green leaves and along sturdy stems. In summer, small clusters of bright-yellow flowers form, followed by spiny seed pods.

FAVORITE CONDITIONS — Any dry, exposed soil in full sun is ideal for buffalo bur. Unfortunately, the weed is even drought-tolerant.

CONTROL — The simplest control for buffalo bur is to hoe out the young seedlings. Because of the sharp spines on the flowers, stems and seed pods, wear gloves to pull older plants.

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