Weeds

Croton, Wooly

(Hogwort, Goatweed)

Croton, Wooly
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Wooly Croton, also known as Hogwort or Goatweed, grows throughout the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. south to Texas. It is an annual weed that grows very erect and the stems are covered with dense white or rust color hairs. The leaves are alternate and have serrated edges. Flowers are small and inconspicuous. Wooly Croton is poisonous and can cause skin irritation and blistering. It is toxic to livestock but rarely eaten due to the bitter taste. It is normally found in disturbed sandy soils, fields, and roadsides.