Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hackelia Virginiana


I stepped out the back door and there sat Bob's Work Clogs... covered in Hackelia Virginana better known to us southerners as Beggar Lice. Others may call the stick tight or stick seed, depending on which part of the country you are in.
I can tell you they DO stick tight and they are Beggar Lice that cling to feet, legs, skirts, shoes and dog paws and legs.....   YOU MIGHT guess this. The Man sat them where they live, and left them with the beggars begging.   that way they can be planted ALL OVER THE YARD. This gives ME something to do other than blogging. Every time Big Boy wanders around I end up brushing them off, and they grow where the wind blows what I brush off..... I will never be with a JOB...


21 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never heard of this, so I had to go and study on your Wikipedia link. Why the word lice? It has nothing to do with the insect lice does it? Just that they cling. Learned something here!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Phil never heard of it either. Wonder if it even grows in Virginia...

Ginny Hartzler said...

Apparently it does grow in Virginia, hence the name. They call it Nature's Velcro.

Linda said...

Good grief! That sounds awful! Why do weeds and unwanted things grow with such abandon and flowers you have to encourage them to grow?

Hootin' Anni said...

It makes me itchy!! Just the word lice, even tho it isn't lice.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I think every place has got a version of this... and here in the Bonny Land, we have another similar thing called Devil's Pitchforks... the clue as to their mode attachment is in the name! YAM xx

Ella said...

I do not know this plant, but your husband's clogs look very springy …
Beware that Jimmy Choo (shoemaker) will not see the clogs and steal the model! LOL 😅

Ann said...

I've never heard of this before and I think I'm thankful for that... I wouldn't want to have to be cleaning that off of Gibbs every time he walked through the yard.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I have heard of some kind of plant giving off the hitchhikers. But, it did not look like yours. It is a shame that it takes over, some weeds seem to do very well. Have a happy day!

My Mind's Eye said...

WEll I'll be a monkey's Aunt I have never head of beggar's lice.
What a descriptive name
Hugs Cecilia

Mevely317 said...

I'd totally forgotten about that 'stuff', and in fact, never bothered to learn its name. For some reason, I just referred to it as #*&S alfalfa. :)
At least, it doesn't BITE you like the jumping cholla in Arizona. (Once upon a time I thought that was a myth....)

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

How interesting. Nature has so many ways to ensure seeds get around. Too bad we see them as a problem but we have to live around all sorts of fauna both likeable and not.

Rose said...

It is called job security....I always love to scatter the milkweed seed...I know they do it on their own, but I like to help them. Also, I do hate trumpet vine...at least in the wrong place. Yet I cannot resist their pods either.

Unknown said...

The only thing good about Nature's Lice is the invention of Velcro.
The person who invented Velcro studied that rascally weed and figured out how to do whats so awful for pets, and people and their clothing, into a wonderful and helpful product.
Just one of those things rattling around in my brain this morning. (:0)

photowannabe said...

Hi Sandra...for some reason my name got changed to Unknown...trying to remedy it now.
Testing to see if I got it fixed.

Sue of photowannabe

Chatty Crone said...

I had no idea that this existed - I learned something new today. Thanks.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Are they a plant or a bug?

The Gang at LLB said...

So very happy we don't have this annoying plant at our place!
xoxo,
Rosy, Jakey & Arty

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I too had never heard of this plant, and it looks like it is very annoying!

NanaDiana said...

LOL- Oh- I hate those things. We don't have them here but had them when we were south. UGH! Happy work day! xo Diana

a rich tapestry said...

It's amazing how nature has ways of spreading seeds around. I can understand how these are a lot of work to get rid of. The most annoying ones are the dry burs that have hooks that cling onto clothes and fur or the dried grass heads that are prickly and get into the animals' ears and are difficult to remove.