Missouri Wildflower Guide


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensitive Briar

This distinctive vining plant has interesting flowers and an intriguing habit of quickly folding its compound leaves in half tightly when touched, triggered by sensitive hairs.

 

The brightly colored flower head is a tightly packed cluster which forms a ball of long pink stamens, tipped with yellow pollen. I often encounter this unique plant growing along the gravel roads around my home.

 

The vine is slender but strong, and covered with tiny barbs which can leave scratches on unprotected skin. Wild turkey eat the leaves of this plant, and Bobwhite Quail eat its seeds.

 

  • Bloom Time

    May-Sep

     

  • Habit

    Vine

     

  • Height

    4 feet long