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Help Eradicate Goatheads in Susanville This Summer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The seedling stage of Tribulus terrestris

A local group comprised of community members and representatives from local agencies are working to help eradicate Susanville’s most annoying weed – the dreaded Tribulous Terrestris!

Also known as Goatheads, Puncturevine or Devil’s Thorn, these weeds have always been a part of Susanville summers – with stickers that pop bike tires, get stuck in your dog’s paw or painfully stabs your foot while walking through your yard. Now you can help eliminate it.

There will have an informational online Zoom meeting this Thursday, June 4th at 7:00p.m., and organizers are asking anyone interested in helping to get rid of the weed to attend.

Amy Holmen, Project Manager for Lassen Land and Trails Trust, encourages everyone to be on the lookout for goatheads as they come up, “so hopefully we can stop them from taking over.”

“We will also have pieces of carpet pad available for pickup in the Depot parking lot, which can be used to pick up old seeds to then be scraped into the trash.”

You can download additional info from http://ucanr.edu/goat2020

Zoom meeting information:
Meeting ID: 839 8707 5076
Password: 152804
Dial +1 669 900 6833 US
Join Zoom Meeting link:

Goathead stickers in a car tire

The plant reproduces only by seed, and has a 3-6 year seed life. The are multiple germinations per summer and it flowers 3-6 weeks after germination. It will not re-root from the stems.

Identification: Low growing plants forming dense mats with pinnately divided leaves and yellow flowers. Reddish stems grow out from central taproot. ID puncture vine as a seed-ling, for easy control.

Habitat: Roadsides, sandy soils, walkways, mowed areas etc.

Control: Tenacity and persistence is essential to eliminate seed production. Hand pulling, hoeing, and cultivation can work. Tall competitive grasses/forbs will outcompete puncturevine.

Mature seeds on the puncturevine

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