This is a weedy plant that grows about 2 feet tall. It is a native
of Europe and Asia, but now occurs all over the United States.
It has the typically shaped Borage flowers, with 5 petals fused
into a tube at the base. The flowers are about 1/4 inch across, and are
a dark maroon red in color.
Some of the common names for the plant are dog-bur, wool-mat, and
beggar's-lice. These names reflect a characteristic of the seeds
-- they are covered with little barbs, which help them
stick to fur or clothing and be distributed to other places.