Grazing North Texas

By Tony Dean

There are a handful of mean-spirited plants that seem to have developed a liking to growing in places where they are a nuisance on North Texas grazing lands.

One of those plants is definitely tasajillo. I can’t count the number of gates that I’ve had to open that required a fight with this prickly foe. I now realize there is a plausible reason why so many fence lines and gates are home to tasajillo, that being birds eat the seeds and then deposit them along the
fences, thus creating a virtual nursery for this unfriendly species.

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