Sep. 18, 2020

stickseed, Lappula squarrosa

It's not hard to see how stickseed immigrated. These little flowers are not much more than an eight of an inch. The burrs are not much larger. But boy do they stick, all those little spikes with tiny hooks on the ends. No doubt they hitched over here many times, and still do on us, our animals, and second hand rides. We were Uber for plants long before cell phones enabled the modern version. Stickseed made it to Michigan by 1838 or sooner, and no doubt had covered the continent soon after. Stickseed now is in every state and province except AL, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, OK, and SC. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/27/11. Borage family, Boraginaceae.