Gut Rumbles
 

April 13, 2005

Sand spurs

That's ANOTHER thing we are accustomed to seeing and feeling Down South. It's a plant that grows less than 6" tall usually, and produces "seed" that is a barbed ball that has hooks on it. The barbs are about the size of a ripe green pea. You step on one of those and you're gonna know about it. They aren't big, but they can do serious damage.

Those plants like sandy soil and they are quite common almost everywhere around the place I live, especially around the beaches. I know what they look like and I've actually learned to walk on my heels around them. You know... lessen the target area. It doesn't matter. They'll get you anyway.

Fort Pulaski is located on "Cockspur Island." Guess where that name came from?

Comments

I hate those fucking things. We have them in CA too. They get stuck in the dog's hair and upset her allergies. Ugh they get in everything.

Posted by: caltechgirl on April 13, 2005 05:49 PM

They don't bother my allergies, but they hurt like a sumbitch!

Posted by: jmflynny on April 13, 2005 10:38 PM

Down in Florida we call them "Foot Fucks"

Posted by: Doug on April 14, 2005 04:31 AM

When I'm outdoors in places that aren't manicured parks, I'm wearing tall boots, with pants tucked into them.

I try to be a *clever* little monkey.

Posted by: Sigivald on April 14, 2005 04:33 PM

Sound like miniature versions of those damn things the gum tree in our yard in Virginia used to shed. And it was a very large tree. Made much of the lawn useless much of the year, unless you really liked raking.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on April 14, 2005 05:01 PM

just tell me how to get rid of them please, im in sc and they just showed up and took over 14 acres in 2 years! help!

Posted by: suzanne on May 23, 2005 06:03 PM
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