My Burdock Plant

Last year I left a nice-looking plant growing next to my lamp post. It had big green leaves. I tried looking it up, and my best guess was that it was Common Burdock. I even wrote about it in the personal stuff I put at the bottom of my materiamedica.

This year, it came back. It kept getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Much bigger than last year. The leaves were as big as rhubarb leaves. And it kept growing higher, without blooming. Was I growing a jack-in-the-beanstalk type of plant? What was this incredibly large beast?

greater burdock

Finally, I saw something that looked like a blossom starting. And so I looked closer. And saw this!

greater burdock burrs

Oh my. Those burrs! Sticky burrs.

Sure enough, proof that the plant is Common Burdock, a biennial. So now I get to harvest its medicine. And I will be very sure to cut off all the burrs before they get to the point where they are ready to stick to my dogs’ fur!

(I don’t think the flower has bloomed yet, I’ll add another picture when it does.)

And here it is!

burdock blooming

(The beat up leaf is the result of a hail storm we had.)

Kind-of pretty in an exotic, burr kind-of way, dontcha think?

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