Day 223: Buffalo Bur

Buffalo bur (Solanum rostratum), also called horned nightshade or Colorado bur, plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), native to high plains east of the Rocky Mountains from North Dakota to Mexico. Buffalo bur, named for its prickly berries that were commonly entangled in the fur of American bison (Bison bison), is an aggressive weed in many parts of the United States and is an invasive species in several countries, including Russia and Australia. Buffalo bur plants, often growing along roadsides and other disturbed areas, can reach nearly 60 cm (2 feet) tall and are covered in golden prickles. The leaves are deeply lobed, arranged alternately on the stems, and toxic to humans and livestock. The plants bear small yellow flowers in the summer and produce minute seeds that are an important food for doves and quail.” To read more click here

20 thoughts on “Day 223: Buffalo Bur

  1. Such a dainty little flower and so gorgeous Jackie. You’ve captured it so beautiful! Love that the seeds provide food for the little animals. 😀 ♥

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  2. Most invasive when land is over-grazed or disturbed. It’s not very welcome and farmers with sheep loath it because it sticks to the wool. Otherwise, it is a pretty flower and has a right to be around.

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