Beggar's Buttons, Bur, Burdock, Clite, Clod Bur, Clot Bur, Cockle Bur, Cockle Button, Cuckle, Cuckold, Gobo, Great Bur, Hardane, Hardock, Harlock, Hurr Bur, Kiss-Me-Quick, Love Leaves, Stick-Button, Edible Burdock, Lappa, Woodland Burdock
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Burdock plants is a herbaceous plant that grows to about a 1-2.7 m in height. The thick hairy stems grow reddish-purple tubular flowers, which later develop into brownish-grey, wrinkled seed-heads or burrs with hooked spines. Close to its harvesting time, a deep taproot grows to about 60-90 cm in length and features a slender browinsh carrot-shaped root. The root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavor with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced. Burdock leaves, which are less used than the root, are collected in winter, and have a somewhat bitter taste. Uses: Culinary and traditional medicine.
The roots are dug in winter, and should be lifted with a beet-lifter or a deep-running plough.
Sow seeds in Autumn about 2.5 cm deep. Germination time about 7-14 days.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Sweet, crisp taproot is harvested in the second year and the stems picked during winter.
Culinary. Traditional Medicine