Also known as
Greater Burdock, Gobō, Edible Burdock, Sticky Willie, Lappa, Beggar's Buttons, Thorny Burr, Happy Major, Fox's Clote, Cockle Buttons, Love Leaves, Clot-Bur, Bardane, Clot-bur, Cuckold-dock, Hardock, Hurrburr, Stick-buttons
ArctiumLappa3 by Christian Fischer (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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The burdock plant is a herbaceous plant that grows to about 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 brownish carrot-shaped root. The root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavour 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.
Common problems with Burdock
How to harvest Burdock
The roots are dug in winter, and should be lifted with a beet-lifter or a deep-running plough.
How to propagate Burdock
Sow seeds in Autumn about 2.5 cm deep. Germination time about 7-14 days.
Special features of Burdock
Attracts useful insects
Common carder bumblebees
Other uses of Burdock
Culinary. Traditional Medicine
Sweet, crisp taproot is harvested in the second year and the stems picked during winter.