We've all had this experience, bindis bunging up our double-bungers. Learn how to deal with them in your garden here. When the rest of the world thinks of the Australian bindi dance, they think of Steve Irwin's daughter on Dancing With The Stars. For Aussies, though, it has an entirely different meaning.This loose kid knows what we're talking about and his video deserves more views... So to know what to do in the case of a prickle emergency, you need to know what you're dealing with. Those prickly little buggers come from a weed called caltrop, a rapidly-growing summer annual that causes problems with its sharp-spined burrs.
The burrs cause injury to feet even through footwear and puncture bicycle tyres – ouch!
It grows fast after a little summer rain and each plant can have 4000 seeds within weeks, making it tough to manage.
We recommend getting on top of it in your garden as soon as you see it.
Please refer to the Weed control handbook for declared plants in South Australia for advice on chemical control.
Contact your local Natural Resources Centre (8523 7700) for further information, advice and assistance in controlling caltrop on private property.
Please contact the City of Playford's Customer Care team (8256 0333) if caltrop is sighted on our property.