Xanthium is a genus of flowering plants. It belongs to the sunflower tribe and comes within the daisy flower. This plant is native to the eastern Asia and America. The another name of Xanthium is cocklebur. The seeds of these plants are covered with stiff and hooked spines which get attached to the fur of the animals.
Annual much-branched herb with erect stems (20–150 cm high) without spines; stems stout, green, brownish or reddish-brown, roughly hairy. Uncertain, but probably Central and South America. Bee forage and accidentally as a contaminant.
This plant might be poisonous
How to get rid of:
The most effective methods of cocklebur control are hand pulling or chemical controls. Cocklebur plants reproduce easily by seed, which are generally dispersed on water. The seed can lie dormant in the soil for up to three years before ideal conditions cause it to germinate.