Sunday, June 8, 2014

Houndstongue is a Danger to Livestock and your Socks!




Houndstongue is a beautiful biennial that grows along the River Parkway in Pine Valley and in other places with disturbed soil.  It was introduced from Europe and has rough leaves that resemble a hound's tongue.  Growing 1 to 4 feet tall in its second year, Houndstongue forms small burrs that stick to dogs, livestock and clothing.  People often disregard it growing in their yards until they discover the burrs which have spread widely by that time.

Houndstongue is toxic, containing a liver damaging alkaloid.  Sheep, cattle and horses may die up to six months after consuming Houndstongue.

Keep an eye open for this plant!  It is not desirable in our yards or in the valley.

1 comment:

  1. I have thrown socks away after giving up on trying to get out some of the stickers that grow there. I didn't know they were harmful to cattle though.

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