Houndstongue

QUICK IDENTIFICATION

  • Velvety rosette leaves with smooth edges and defined veins
  • Stem leaves alternate; smaller toward the top
  • Reddish-purple flowers with 5 petals
  • Burr-like adhesive nutlets/seeds
  • Height 8 to 30 inches


Weed Pictures



Weed Information


TypeInformation
ToxicityToxic to horses, cattle, sheep and goats.
ControlCultivation, digging/hand pulling and herbicide. Contact your County Weed District or local Applicator for more information.
HabitatDisturbed areas, trails, roadsides, logging areas, abandoned cropland, ranglands, pastures, riparian areas, and borders of wooded areas.
RootTaproot.
Leaf ShapeLance-shaped.
LifespanBiennial; two years to complete life cycle.
Priority 2B WeedAbundant in Montana and widespread in many counties.
Similar Looking PlantsArrowleaf balsamroot and at early stages, common mullein.
Important InformationSeeds are extremely adhesive and stick to everything. Leaves are velvety and resemble a hound’s tongue, thus the name.
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