Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)

Weed photo of: Tribulus terrestris
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Mech: Hand pulling is very effective; try to weed before flowers and burs appear. Special care should be taken to rake up all remaining burs and bag and dispose of in the garbage. Large groups of volunteers have been systematically removing puncturevine along community bike paths and on the Jordan River Parkway.


Spiny thorns can be painful if you step on them and can attach readily to soft shoe soles. They may also stick into fingers, so wear gloves while weeding. Dog and cat paws are also sensitive to these thorns, and they can pop bike tires. Care should be taken not to drag seeds from one place to another when walking through infestations or driving a car through infested parking lots.