Common Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium

Plant family: Aster, Asteraceae

Wetland Indicator Status: FAC

Common Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium) is plant that most would say is a weed.  It is unloved and despised primarily for its seeds that stick to clothing and animal fur by its hook-like projections.  It is not altogether attractive plant and frequently grows along lake shores and river banks and other disturbed areas.

Cocklebur seeds

Common Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium) seeds in winter