The hook-tipped spines of the bract-covered structure catch easily on fur and clothing. white pith of young flower stalks is edible raw. – Glen Erin Dr., SE quad.) The best roots are obtained from young plants. Most everyone is familiar with burdock’s sticky, Velcro-like seed heads and giant, rhubarb-like leaves. Fun Facts: The common burdock is an edible plant. Remove the outer covering of petioles and stalks before cooking, as they are very bitter. They are in the thistle family, same as the artichoke, of which they have a similar flavor. Common burdock is an edible and medicinal wild plant that will stick with you. It’s a favorite of mine! This is a biennial plant that closely resembles the common burdock plant. It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is thought that this plant was spread by large mammals after the Ice Age. In Britain the Arctium lappa (or greater burdock) and Arctium minus (or lesser burdock) are considered native. The outer rind of both the roots and plant stalks is very bitter and must be removed. Add Gobo to the list of my other favorite plants with a wild and uncultivated background. Burdock is in the same family with daisies, chicory, thistles and dandelions. Wild Edible Burdock. Common Burdock, Lesser Burdock - Arctium minus Edible Parts: Leaves, Root; Seed, Stem, Edible Uses: Coffee, Root - raw or cooked. Common Burdock is a wildflower in the aster family. This invasive Eurasian plant is common enough to be found almost anywhere, can safely be harvested in quantity, and provides nutritious food for a large portion of the year. Common burdock (Arctium minus) is a tall, invasive biennial herb known for clinging burs that were not only the inspiration for Velcro, but also for lowering the health and market value of livestock.The burs get tangled in manes and tails of horses, cows and other livestock, and can also damage or de-value the wool of sheep. I dug this assortment of taproots in just 5 minutes. Jun 5, 2020 - How to Identify Common Burdock; Arctium minus - Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification - Burdock can be found in wooded areas and along fence lines, as well as in lawns and flower beds. Burdock, a common meadow weed, widely available and easy to grow, was used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions. The plant is a member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family, with large oval leaves and broad pinkish flowers. Burdock’s folk names are predominately along the lines of burr-this or that-burr, like burrseed for instance. Common burdock belongs to the Composite or Aster Family (Compositae). Burdock is a native of Eurasia but has quickly become naturalized in North America. Common Name(s) Burdock also is known as bardana, beggar's buttons, clotbur, edible burdock, Fructus arctii, great bur, great burdocks, lappa, and Niu Bang Zi (Chinese). The plant is self-fertile. Used as a potherb. 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