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Common Name: Spiny Stickseed
Lappula squarrosa is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
The leaves and stems are covered in stiff hairs which are irritating to skin[
Europe - most areas except the extreme north and west.
Roadsides, waste places, around buildings and overgrazed ranges and cultivated fields[
Best grown in a sunny position.
A prolific seed producer, the seeds are readily spread on animal hair and clothing due to the hooked spines on the seeds[
]. The plant has the potential to become a serious weed.
The plant has a characteristic smell similar to a mouse infested building[
The seed contains up to 25% oil - this is rich in essential fatty acids, including stearidonic acid[
The oil in the seed is antiinflammatory[
]. The oil contains 18% stearidonic acid - this is important as a precursor in the metabolic pathway leading to the formation of longer chain fatty acids and prostaglandin and therefore plays a key role in human metabolism[
Seed - sow in situ. The seed can be autumn or spring sown.