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Arctium minus

Common Burdock

Family Asteraceae


Use
Cooked, Salad. The young leaves can be added to salads or boiled. Once the rind has been removed, the roots can be boiled for 30 mins. and served with butter.

Description

Growth Form: Biennial. Low lying leaves the first year, bushy flower stalk the second year.

Leaves: Large slightly woolly basal leaves. Stalks of lower leaves hollow.

Fruits: Thistle-like burs the second year.

Common Burdock (Emily Silver, Newton MA)
Whole Plant


Common Burdock (Emily Silver, Newton MA) Branch


Flowers: Purple flowers the first year. Bloom from July to October.

 


Habitat and Range

Roadsides and waste areas. From Canada to Virginia to Kansas.

Season

Leaves harvested in the spring. Roots harvested in the summer.

 

Common Burdock (Emily Silver, Newton MA)
Fruits

Common Burdock (Emily Silver, Newton MA)
Leaves

Fun Facts

Burdock has long been used by traditional medicine systems around the world to treat sprains, joint pain, ulcers, glandular swelling, scurvy, boils, inflammation and other minor ailments.

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