Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Goat's head, Bullhead, *!#&! stickers!

Today we are going to talk about Goat's head.

Not this kind of goat's head.

THIS kind of Goat's Head.......It's bad. Real bad and you wanna kill it! I know, I know, You look at the pictures and think, oh but it has such pretty little yellow flowers and the leaves are all delicate and ferny.........I understand completly.

But this.....

And this........

Turn into this!

I realize that they look all adorable and cute and funny but underneath all that soft fluffy stuff.......

They have pokey's. SHARP pokeys that get ya when you least expect it. Read what someone had to say on the internet about these sweet innocent pokey's.

Comments: This is that obnoxious weed whose seeds are incredibly painful to step on, get tracked into your carpet, puncture your bicycle tires, and have to be pulled out of your pets' paws. The seed pod grows 4 "bullheads" in a circle (see photo), when mature it breaks up into 4 separate instruments of torture. The plant is naturalized, originally from the Mediterranean. It is a pest plant wherever it resides in the US. In Europe the plant has been used in folk medicine throughout history, treating such wide-ranging conditions as headache, nervous disorders, constipation, and sexual dysfunction. In China, it has been touted for use in liver, kidney, urinary, and cardiovascular remedies.

Well, I'd have to say that if I were being poked all over by these suckers I wouldn't be thinking about my headache, nervous disorders, constipation, or any other ahem....dysfunctions......not that I have any........considering I procreate about as fast as these plants do........not that I'm calling my punks goat heads, or bullheads, or *!#&! stickers.

If that doesn't scare ya, read this article See? All cute and innocent and next thing ya know. BAM! Ya get poked. My horses pasture is full of these *!#&! stickers. Gonna go and kill em' before they suck me into thinking they are so cute and pretty.......


  1. those baby goats are pretty cute though, I have to say!

  2. Goats' heads are the meanest, worst thing ever - even worse than Burdock. Burdock just sticks to everything, like little three dimensional ovals of the velcro from hell - but goats' heads are sharp as needles - on ALL SIDES. They really do pass right through rubber into the tube of the bike tire.

    If they stick in your feet or fingers, they are HORRIBLE. And they grow like sixty all through the end of July into August. These things really want to protect their species, even if it means pain, infection and puncture to the entire rest of the universe. Kind of like lies or cruel jokes. You don't recover from them quickly.

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