Burdock (Arctium spp) is a genus of the plant kingdom that is found all over the world with both edible and medicinal uses.

Burdock and I go way back to my college days when my knowledge of the natural world grew very rapidly. The sweet smell of burdock flowers and rough burs covered a patch of parkland I visited regularly.

I mostly see it in the mountains of Virginia, rarely seeing it in Central Virginia. It’s found in most states the United States, however, though not in some southern states.

Identification:

Burdock has large burrs that can stick to your clothing or animal fur. It can grow to be fairly tall in fields when not mowed frequently or along fences.

Flower: Purple flowers on tips of prickly ball of bracts. Blooms between June and October. Flower heads are approximately 1 to 3 cm across.

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