EUROPEAN STICKTIGHT, Lappula echinata Gilib. 1, upper part of plant; 2, young plant with roots; 3, seeds. Annual or winter annual, reproducing by seeds. Stem slender, widely branched above, 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) tall, entire plant covered with rough hairs. Leaves hairy, narrowly oblong, 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) long, at first forming a rosette at base of plant. Flowers small, with 5 blue petals, borne in the axils of small leafy bracts along upper branches. Seed pods rough with hooked spines, at maturity splitting into 4 segments, each containing 1 seed. Found in dry soils along roadsides and in wooded areas and waste places.