Sandspurs are one of
the worst things about Florida. If you get them in your garden or lawn
you will have to fight them for years.
The plants name pretty well describes
it - it lives in sandy soil and is composed of lots of little spurs.
When the spurs emerge from the
leaf they are green, but will still pierce bare feet and stick to
clothes and animal fur. If you have a dog in Florida you have to
learn how to pull a sandspur from between it's toes - it's only a
matter of time until they encounter one.
When the spurs are green kids
have battles, flinging stems full of spurs at each other. It's cool
enough when the whole stem sticks to the back of someone's shirt
and breaks apart when he tries to pull it off, but sometimes you
score a good hit on an arm or leg and then the kid has to pull them
out of his skin. Fun.
the spurs dry out they separate and fall off the stem. This makes
it even easier for a single spur to be caught up by wind or beast
and transfered to a new location. Since the spur is the seed, this
means the plant spreads something terrible.