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Common Name: Spiny Cocklebur
Xanthium spinosum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
]. Most members of this genus are toxic to grazing animals and are usually avoided by them[
]. The seed also contains toxins[
S. America. A locally established casual in Britain[
Naturalized in waste ground in N. America[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but requires a sunny position.
Plants often self sow.
The whole plant is an active styptic for both local and general application[
]. It is said to be a valuable and sure specific in the treatment of hydrophobia[
]. The plant is also diaphoretic, diuretic and sedative[
An infusion of the root has been used as an emetic[
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed requires plenty of moisture in order to germinate.