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Xanthium spinosum - L.
                 
Common Name Spiny Cocklebur
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Poisonous[65, 76]. Most members of this genus are toxic to grazing animals and are usually avoided by them[222]. The seed also contains toxins[222].
Habitats Naturalized in waste ground in N. America[235].
Range S. America. A locally established casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Xanthium spinosum Spiny Cocklebur


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Xanthium spinosum Spiny Cocklebur
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Physical Characteristics
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Xanthium spinosum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jul to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Emetic;  Miscellany;  Styptic.

The whole plant is an active styptic for both local and general application[4]. It is said to be a valuable and sure specific in the treatment of hydrophobia[4]. The plant is also diaphoretic, diuretic and sedative[61]. An infusion of the root has been used as an emetic[257].
Other Uses
Miscellany.

None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but requires a sunny position. Plants often self sow.
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed requires plenty of moisture in order to germinate.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Xanthium communeCanada cocklebur10
Xanthium strumariumCocklebur, Rough cocklebur, Canada cocklebur13
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