Return to the Weeds Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Thorny weed ID

Posted by kenzie78 NC (My Page) on
Mon, May 3, 10 at 11:17

I've recently discovered that I have this thorny weed growing all over my front yard. The children cannot walk across it even with flip flops on or that get poked. I'm wondering if it is something I can get rid of easily or if it will be an expensive and long process to get them out of my yard. We live on a military base, so I don't want to put a huge amount of money into a yard that I don't own and will only be here for maybe another year. Thanks in advance for looking.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Thorny weed ID

Probably Soliva pterosperma.

RE: Thorny weed ID

Could be spurweed. Need to see a closeup of it left on the ground. If it is spurweed you have to treat it in the winter. That is when it grows and it will start dieing off when the temp reaches 90 and above. But you are left with all the spurs and they do hurt. I have resorted to getting a small propane torch to burn off what I can see. They say it can take 2 yrs to get all the seeds gone. But a lawn mower that has a bagger will help suck up some of them.

RE: Thorny weed ID

Thank you both for your responses. I googled Solvia pterosperma/spurweed and that is exactly what it is that is growing in my front lawn. Since posting I've noticed that they have all turned brown and are very noticeable on the lawn now. Walking across the lawn and then to concrete makes your shoes sound like they tap from all the tiny thorns stuck on the underside. We have already had 90 and above temps, so I can only hope they'll go away soon. I keep finding them stuck on my 8mth old's diaper from the kids dragging them in the house on their shoes. What a pest of a weed. Thanks again for looking and the identification.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Weeds Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here