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A single Hairy Bittercress plant with some unexploded seeds

A single Hairy Bittercress plant with some unexploded seeds

Weeding out wild carrot and bindweed from among the strawberries and love-in-a-mist, it felt like tiny pellets kept hitting my chin.

I realised it was seeds exploding from the pods of little plants each time I touched them.

I know about gorse and broom propelling their seeds by means of the pods twisting, but to be bombarded by showers of fairy arrows like this was something else.

It turned out that the culprit is Hairy Bittercress, which is well known for creating this phenomenon – this article explains how!

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