Spurweed - Carpet Burweed - Field Burweed - Stickerweed
Soliva sessilis Ruiz & Pavon
Asteraceae (Sunflower) Family
Nothing designates springs arrival like walking barefoot on a lawn of lush, green grass. This pleasant experience can often turn into a painful, sticky situation with the presence of lawn burweed. Lawn burweed is a winter annual that germinates throughout thin turf in the fall months as temperatures cool. It remains small and inconspicuous during the cold winter months. However, as temperatures warm in the early spring, it initiates a period of rapid growth and begins to form spine-tipped burs in the leaf axils. At first glance the plant resembles corn speedwell. A very significant difference is burweed has white flowers and corn speedwell has blue.