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Replenishing my stock of cockleburs for my Etsy shop! Got a couple gallon baggies full this afternoon!

I’ve sold a ton of these over the years—people use them for curio cabinets, to make jewelry with, but most often it’s for educational purposes. Lot of home school groups buy them and I’ve even supplied thousands to educational supply companies who send them to schools around the country for kids to examine under microscopes. They get to see the teeny tiny hooks on the barbs that allow these little seed pods to travel for miles and miles on animals’ fur or people’s clothing. Pretty rad!

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Days 28 and 29 of my Poisonous Flower Fairy series are Xanthium (aka Cocklebur) and Yellow Jessamine!

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African countries have been slow to embrace the trend of legal marijuana. Until now. -

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(NOTE: This old Cajun spell is included for historical purposes. To treat a real snakebite, you must receive a dose of antivenin, and so you should go to an emergency health clinic!)

Take a string with nine strands and make on it eight knots as you say:

jaumbe, jaumbe, majoumbe, jaumbe, jaumbe, giri!

(leg, leg, my leg, leg, leg, heal!)

Then, make a plaster with cocklebur or black tobacco leaves and place it onto the bite.

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A poultice made from elderberry leaves, prickly pear cactus, and creeping mallow would be made to be placed upon an inflamed area.


For severe headaches, five cocklebur leaves would be coated with salt and vinegar and placed on the head.


To encourage a baby’s teeth to come in, some lizard’s tail (Saururus carnuus) would be placed in a glass of water with some elm bark shavings, the water changed every day over the herbs. This was to be given to the baby whenever it was thirsty.

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Take as many cocklebur seeds as can fit in a jar and place them inside the jar. You may add other protective herbs as you wish, but the burs should suffice. Seal the jar with the wax of a black candle and cover it with protective sigils if you like. You may bury the jar under your doorstep to keep evil from entering, or keep it around, shaking it to ward off negative intentions.

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(Agrimonia eupatoria) Safe to interact with.

Folk Names: Church Steeples, Cocklebur, Garclive, Philanthopos, Sticklewort, Stickwort, Umakhuthula, Ntola.
Gender: Masculine.
Planetary Body: Jupiter.
Element: Air.
Powers: Protection, Sleep.

Magical Uses: Use in all protection sachets and spells, also to banish negative energies and spirits. It protects against goblins, evil and poison.
Agrimony has also long been used to reverse spells sent against the magician; i.e., it not only breaks hexes, it also sends them back to the hexer.
Agrimony placed under the head will make one sleep as if dead, according to ancient lore, but don’t use this for insomnia: the sleeper won’t awaken until the herb is removed.
At one time agrimony was used to detect the presence of Witches.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)

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Cockleburs (Xanthium) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to the Americas and eastern Asia.


Cockleburs are short-day plants, meaning they only initiate flowering when the days are getting shorter in the late summer and fall, typically from July to October in the northern hemisphere. They can also flower in the tropics where the daylength is constant.


Dangers and uses

The Common Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium) is a native of North America. It has become an invasive species worldwide. It invades agricultural lands and can be poisonous to livestock, including horses, cattle, and sheep. Some domestic animals will avoid consuming the plant if other forage is present, but less discriminating animals, such as pigs, will consume the plants and then sicken and die.


The seedlings and seeds are the most toxic parts of the plants. If eaten orally by humans symptoms usually occur within a few hours, producing unsteadiness and weakness, depression, nausea and vomiting, twisting of the neck muscles, rapid and weak pulse, difficulty breathing, and eventually death.

Cockleburs is a beneficial weed, repelling army worms and other pests from nearby domesticated plants

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