Sheep’S Bur


General description

Erect, long-stemmed, clump- forming perennial <80cm tall. Dark green leaves divided into 13 pairs of toothed, softly-haired leaflets. Green, spiny, purple-anthered flowers (Oct-Feb) on narrow flower spikes. Fruits covered with numerous red, barbed spines.

Short dry grassland, riverbeds, roadsides, waste places.

Seeds attach to wool, fur, clothing etc.

Contaminates wool.

Site management

Avoid soil disturbance & bare ground. Maintain good pasture cover to prevent re-establishment. Replant with native species where appropriate.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out isolated plants before flowering (Mar-Apr).
2. Spray before plants set seed (1.5g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L or 50ml Tordon Gold/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
sheep’s bur - Main species image