This is another woodland wildflower with small white flowers that blooms during the summer in shaded areas. The most distinctive characteristic of Stickseed are the prickly fruits that hang downward from its slender racemes. Another species in the Borage family, Lappula squarrosa (European Stickseed), has similar racemes of prickly fruits. However, the prickles of its fruits are arranged in columns with spaces in-between. The fruits of Stickseed are densely covered with prickles throughout. European Stickseed is shorter than Stickseed and its leaves are more slender. This introduced species prefers sunny areas, while the native Stickseed prefers wooded areas with some shade. An older scientific name for Stickseed is Lappula virginiana.
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