Greater Burdock

Arctium lappa

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.

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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

The roots are dug in winter, and should be lifted with a beet-lifter or a deep-running plough.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn about 2.5 cm deep. Germination time about 7-14 days.

Special features

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Eurasia

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

Sweet, crisp taproot is harvested in the second year and the stems picked during winter.

Notes

Culinary. Traditional Medicine

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free