Southern sandbur (Cenchrus echinatus) is a native Florida annual grass with a shallow root system perfectly adapted to dry, sandy soil. This species is notorious for its burs used for seed dispersal that can penetrate skin and cause painful injuries.
- Scientific Name: Cenchrus echinatus
- Common Name: Southern sandbur
- Seasonality: Warm
- Soil Type: Dry
- Toxicity: Non-toxic although burs are hazardous
- Plant habit: Clumping annual
- Identification and Control of Southern Sandbur (Cenchrus echinatus L.) in Hayfields UF/IFAS Extension Publication