Saturday, October 15, 2011

Aggravating Agrimony

This is the time of year when fields attack us with more than usual ferocity.   Take a little innocent walk in the wild and come back covered with burrs.   

Also spelled burs.    In case you wondered. 

These particular ones have a habit of finding their way onto our towels this time of year.   If I don't want to dry myself off with the working end of some of these, I have to go over the towels carefully as they come out of the dryer.    It's a pain.   Literally and figuratively. 

I got these while I was riding the mower.   Don't ask me how.  I have no idea.

And here's our culprit.   It's agrimony.   Agrimonia striata.   Roadside agrimony. 

It grows everywhere.   It's a nice enough plant during the summer.  Nice little yellow flowers on a long stalk.   Nothing remarkable.  You don't even notice how many of them there are.

But then...


Somewhere in September, the beauty turns into a beast.     The little yellow flowers turn into little beastly burrs.  

Or burs, if you prefer. 

All you have to do is brush by one and you're carrying it home.   Tibby comes back from her travels covered in them.   She has short slick fur and they come right off.   Thank heaven.   

They don't come right off anything else.   

1 comment:

  1. I was just telling someone that I think our dog used to run through bur fields on purpose just so that she'd get a massage when we picked them off of her. ;)


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