Buffalobur is another one of those North Texas grazing land plants that we need to be aware of, but not because it is much good for grazing. This shallow tap-rooted annual is in the potato family, as is its cousin, Silverleaf nightshade, which was featured in the September NTFR. Both are poisonous plants.
Besides being a poisonous plant, buffalobur is just about the most unfriendly plant around. It forms a rounded mound from 12 to 30 inches tall and has stout, golden yellow prickles on the stems and leaves. I have vivid memories as a boy of walking into buffalobur while hoeing weeds in my uncle’s cotton patch at Weatherford. It just took a few encounters for me to learn to watch for this bad boy.
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