|Houndstongue is one of many common names (Wasacth Audobon)|
|Houndstongue seed pods clinging to livestock|
|Dig out the long tap root (Montana State Univ. Ext.)|
If you see it, dig it out, especially now before it seeds. It has a long taproot, developed during the first year, which should be dug out. Any seeds on the plant or on the ground should be collected and burned, or you may wrap them and discard in the trash.
|Burred seeds - help prevent spread by destroyed these|
|Beautiful flowers and prickly seeds|
According to a U.S.D.A. research report, hounds tongue reproduces by seed only and was probably introduced to North America as a grain seed contaminant. It invades grasslands, pastures, forests, and croplands. It is an effective competitor the readily displaces desirable species.
A NOTE ABOUT SCIENTIFIC NAMESOn another note, while Master Gardeners are sometimes scoffed at for using the scientific or Latin names for plants, knowing the correct name for a plant can be important.
In the wildflower book this plant is referred to as houndstongue and a search for photos of the seeds on the Internet revealed that houndstongue is also the common name for several plants in the hawkweed family (Hieracium cynoglossoides).
|Houndstongue is a common name for some hawkweeds|
|L-Cynoglossum officinale R- Borago officinalis (Borage)|
For more information, check these links:
Montana State University Extension: Houndstongue: Identification, Biology and Integrated Management (Lists information about poisoning)