Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hedgehog Eggs

Where we live there are a lot of these. They are cockleburs, which grow on a weed. Very interesting seed pods that are usually about 3/4 to 1 inch long.
When they mature they attach themselves to anything they come in contact with, like velcro. It can take hours to remove them from a horse's mane and tail once they become entangled and there can sometimes be dozens on one animal. I hated getting them on my socks. But I guess this is just another of nature's way to disperse seeds.
My Nana would call those cockleburs, 'hedgehog eggs'. Wouldn't it be funny if they were?


Maryam in Marrakesh said...

They are the absolute sweetest and cutest. Oh c'mon....can't you email me a couple?

High Desert Diva said...

One of the problems with trudging through nature...

I like your grandmother's term though.

Re: the blacksmithing hubbies...does your hubby belong to ABANA or any other smithing organization?

Designs by CK said...

Great post! We always called them cockleburs too...YUCK-O!!!

CUTE hedgehog pic below!!!

Chris :)

yellowdog granny said...

we always called them'sunsabitches'...cause that's what you said when they got on your clothes..sonofabitch..ha

mary schweitzer said...

We have something similar we call sand spurs. Makes wearing flip flops a challenge.

Wanda said...

Hedgehog eggs. LOL I never really knew what hedgehog was until my son got the Sonic the Hedgehog video game, but you bet I knew what cockleburs were. But I kinda liked pulling them off my socks. Haven't trudged through the woods in years to get any. Oh, and there's a smooth, sticky version. Totally different seed, but sticks to your clothes just the same. No, maybe worse.

Karen from A`Musements said...

Eeeeeooow! What a pain in the neck! We have this teeeeny tiny version of that, that get's into the cats' coats and takes forever to pick out! Guess it's probably easier to get the cats to be still and work on them than a horse.... or maybe not (at least the scratches have finally healed..;-)
Cute post Christie!