Common Burdock (Arctium minus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Other: Distinctive large leaves, similar to rhubarb (20 inches long, 12 inches wide)
Flowers: Other: 2nd year... kind of looks like a bull thistle without the spines
Flower Color: Purple
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: up to 5 feet
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Mn (Manganese)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: 15000 seeds per plant is average, can number in the hundred of thousands
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Comments:
Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Dec 19, 2012 3:46 AM

Be careful and alert if you have Burdock growing in your yard or garden, as birds have gotten stuck on the burrs and aren't able to free themselves and die. I once read an article in a bird magazine that focused on this. Pretty sure it was Bird Watchers Digest years ago. Heart wrenching! I had tears in my eyes as I read.

Whenever I see anything in my yard and garden that even looks like a burr, I get rid of it (burrs and plant). I feed the songbirds daily, year round and don't want anything to happen to them.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 4, 2013 8:03 PM

While this plant is listed as a medicinal herb It is considered by most farmers as a very pesky weed. Burdock in a pasture cause much trouble. The plant is large and takes up valuable grazing space, the burr ingested by animals causes choking, and sticks to any fur or hair.

Native to Europe and Northern Asia.
It is the large tap root that is mostly used in herbal medicine.

Cutting the plant out with a sharp spade and then sprinkling the remaining tap root with a bit of salt will keep it from growing back

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 15, 2016 10:04 PM

Burdock's burrs were the inspiration for Velcro.

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