Prickly Sida

Biological Name:

Sida spinosa (Prickly-Sida)

Natural Habitat:

Prickly-Sida: This plant is native to South America and grows in a variety of habitats, including fields, forests, and along roadsides.


Prickly-Sida is an annual weed native to North and South America. It is a member of the mallow family and is easily identified by its hairy stems and leaves as well as its small yellow flowers. The plant has a low-growing habit and produces small oval-shaped seeds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is prickly sida edible?
A: Edible Uses Leaves – cooked and eaten as a vegetable[301 ]. The leaves contain around 7.4% protein[301 ].

Q: How do you get rid of prickly sida?
A: Burndown applications of glyphosate, glufosinate or paraquat are effective if prickly sida plants have emerged prior to planting. Apply an effective soil-applied, pre-emergence herbicide. Many soil-applied herbicides can effectively control prickly sida.

Q: Is sida a herb?
A: Sida cordifolia is a shrub native to India that now grows worldwide. It’s a common ingredient in herbal preparations in many systems of traditional medicine. Sida cordifolia contains ephedrine, which is an amphetamine-like stimulant.

Q: How do I get rid of Arrowleaf sida?
A: Pulling out: Wear gloves or use tools to dig out the weeds in early autumn or spring. Since it is a subshrub plant, it is necessary to remove the roots to avoid it from regrowing. … Chemical control: Using appropriate herbicides can effectively remove the weed from the area.

Q: Can sweet grass be eaten?
A: This aromatic herb gets its namesake from its sweet blades and has been used by humans over the centuries in functions ranging from ingredients in herbal medicine to the production of distilled spirits. It has even been used as a flavoring for tea, tobacco, candy, soft drinks, and vodka.

Q: What is the medicinal use of Sida acuta?
A: Different parts of Sida acuta have been used for various purposes such as neurological disorders, headache, leucorrhoea, tuberculosis, diabetes, malarial and other fevers, uterine disorders, rheumatic problem, renal inflammation, asthma, ulcers, childbirth and worms, etc (Wake, 2011; Coee and Anderson, 1996a).

Q: Is prickly sida annual or perennial?
A: Identification. Habit: In the temperate zone, it behaves as an upright summer annual; in tropical regions, it is a somewhat shrubby perennial.

Q: Does the bee balm plant bloom all summer?
A: Bee balm is a perennial plant in the herb family. It’s bloom time begins in July and it will continue to bloom until late summer if it is regularly deadheaded. When bee balm has finished flowering, it suspends the flowering process in order to form seeds.

Q: Does Cuphea come back?
A: Cuphea loves summer sun and heat, and when grown as an annual, it will bloom nonstop until the first frost. If you live in a frost-free climate, you can also grow it as an evergreen perennial.

Q: Does an annual plant come back every year?
A: Simply put, annual plants die in the winter season. You must replant them every year. Perennials come back every year. You only plant them once.

Q: Do annual seeds come back every year?
A: The short answer is that annuals don’t come back, but perennials do. Plants that flower and die in one season are annuals—although many will drop seeds that you can collect (or leave) to grow new plants in the spring.

Q: What plant blooms twice a year?
A: Honeysuckle vines and trumpet vines have flowers that bloom again. Certain varieties of clematis, like Jackmanii, have flowers that bloom more than once. Some annual and tropical vines will rebloom too.

Q: Where does Sida cordifolia grow?
A: Country mallow or ilima (Sida cordifolia) is a non-native Florida landscape weed commonly found throughout Florida. Their distinct soft leaves and small, pale yellow flowers make this weed easy to identify.

Q: What does prickly sida look like?
A: General description: Branched, erect plant reaching heights of 1.5 ft. Leaves are ovate to oval, alternate, up to 2” long with serrate margins. Petioles have linear stipules at base Pale yellow flowers found in axils of leaves. Small spurs (spines) are produced at the base of the petioles on the nodes.

Q: What kills prickles in grass?
A: The best approach to ridding your lawn of this pest is a blanket spray of selective herbicide. Ask the advice of your local lawn care specialist but overall a selective herbicide containing bromoxynil plus MCPA is a good choice.

Q: Is Sida medicinal plant?
A: Abstract: Sida cordifolia (Malvaceae) is a highly reputable medicinal herb in the Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine in India and various other countries.

Q: What kind of grass is prickly?
A: Zoysia grass forms a lawn that feels like a thick, prickly carpet. Zoysia is found mostly in and from the middle part of the U.S. and east toward the Carolinas.

Q: How do you grow prickly plants?
A: Prickly pears are a cactus, so they need well-draining soil first and foremost. Plant in full sun in a sandy or gravely mix and go easy on the water. Also, don’t be alarmed if your plants appear to deflate during the winter—this is their normal response to dormancy, and they’ll plump back up in spring.

Q: How do you control prickles?
A: The trick to stopping bindii from spreading is to spray them in winter as soon as you see them, before the prickles develop, and continue to repeat spray every 3 weeks until they are gone. Repeat spray is important as this will control weeds that have germinated after prior spraying.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.