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Free Workout

Living in the southwest desert means you never walk barefoot outside and if you have dogs who are allowed indoors you won't go barefoot inside either. We have goathead stickers all over our desert and when those rains started in July all those stickers became tiny plants, then they blossomed and created those painful stickers. I use a show shovel to scrape them together since they tend to cover the ground rather than grow tall. It is a free workout for me which is the plus side of all this work, no need for me to spend my hard earned money on a gym .

Have you seen the plants in my picture in your area? If you have, pull them as soon as you see them, they are quite invasive and produce and abundance of painful stickers.

Image Credit » I created this picture by combining 3 photos I took of my yard in excel then saving it via paint.exe

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wolfgirl569 wrote on August 19, 2015, 6:30 PM

I not seen those here thankfully as I go barefoot a lot

jiangliu1949 wrote on August 21, 2015, 8:20 AM

The plant you refered to looks like caltrap that is Chinese Medicinal herb ,whose fruit is known as fruit of puncturevine caltrap.It has the healing properties of improving acuity of vision and removing nebula.

rebelann1949 wrote on August 22, 2015, 3:09 PM

I am so jealous LOL ..... you must be in a tropical zone.

rebelann1949 wrote on August 22, 2015, 3:11 PM

I wish I could go barefoot, but I'm used to this mess LOL

rebelann1949 wrote on August 22, 2015, 3:13 PM

Oh wow, I never would have thought it had medicinal value ..... we have so much around here that if there were a market for these I'd be able to make a modest living ....... is there a way to find out how to harvest them?

jiangliu1949 wrote on August 23, 2015, 4:10 AM

Put the plants out in the sun to dry ,then thresh the fruits.However they come cheap .

Shellyann36 wrote on September 2, 2015, 8:33 AM

There is a sticker type weed that grows here in the south east but I cannot remember the name of it to save my life. The stickers themselves look like little footballs and they usually hide out in the taller wild grasses that grow. The little stickers could be described as burs. There is also what is known as beggar lice. They look like little green seeds and they stick like velcro. If you are unfortunate enough to walk through a patch of them you will end up picking hundreds of the little buggars off of your clothing. They don't hurt like the burs do but there are normally 10 x's more of them that you have to pick off.