Sandbur is an annual, occasionally perennial, grass that is a common weed in poorly-maintained lawns and open areas. It prefers sandy, well-drained soil. The greenish yellow leaf blades grow from 6 inches to 2 feet tall and are about ¼ inch wide. A spiny, yellowish bur forms at the top of the stem, which is very painful to step on barefoot. Sandbur seeds germinate in the spring and the plant grow through summer into fall. Sandbur spreads quickly from seeds, producing up to 1,000 seeds per plant.
Where Sandbur Grows Geographically
Sandbur is most common in Southern states.
Similar or Related Plants
Sandspur. Burgrass. Field Sandbur.