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Skeletonleaf Bursage

Franseria discolor

This plant is a long-lived creeping perennial growing up to 2 feet tall .

Reproduces by extensive creeping rootstocks and seeds.

Leaves are alternate and deeply lobed and toothed. They have a smooth, green topside and a silvery-green underside covered in fine white hairs.

Flowers are small and inconspicuous on solitary branches.

The fruits are light brown burs with conical spines.

Skeletonleaf bursage is native to the plains region and grows in cultivated fields, ditches, and waste areas. In Natrona County it is mostly found in disturbed sites such as barrow ditches.


Chemical control must be done before bud stage. Contact your local weed and pest for specific recommendations.