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Burdock

Arctium lappa

Greater burdock, Gobō, Edible burdock, Sticky willie, Lappa, Beggar's buttons, Thorny burr, Happy major, Fox's clote, Cockle buttons, Love leaves, Clot-bur (Eng.)

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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.

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

Geography

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
Purples
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

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