Houndstonge

HoundstongueHoundstongue is a member of the Borage family. It is a biennial that wasintroduced from Europe. It reproduces by seeds and appears as a leafyrosette in its first year. The stem is erect, stout, heavy, 1½ to threefeet high, usually branched above. The leaves are alternate. The basaland lower ones are broad, and oblong to lance-shaped. The upper leavesare narrower and pointed, almost clasping. The flowers are terminal andreddish purple in color. The fruit consists of four nutlets (seeds),each about 1/3 inch long, with the outer surface covered with short,barbed prickles. Nutlets break apart at maturity and are rapidlyscattered by animals. Houndstongue grows on ranges, pastures, androadsides and is toxic to grazing animals, even in bailed hay. The weedcontains alkaloids that cause liver cells to stop reproducing. Theclinging seeds significantly reduce the value of wool.


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Mixing Herbicides for Houndstongue and Thistle

Houndstongue Rosette
Flowering Houndstongue
Houndstongue seeds Houndstongue seeds cling very well

Houndstongue control


Houndstongue is a weed that can be controlled mechanically.  Find out more here.