Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Burdock Arctium lappa leavesThis plant has wavy-edged, arrow-shaped leaves and flower heads in burrlike clusters. It grows up to 2 meters (7 feet) tall, with purple or pink flowers and a large, fleshy

Where to FInd: Burdock is found worldwide in the north temperate zone. Look for it in open waste areas during the spring and summer.

Edible Parts: Peel the tender leaf stalks and eat them raw or cook them like greens. The roots are also edible boiled or baked.

Note: Do not confuse burdock with rhubarb that has poisonous leaves.

Other Uses: The burr-like flower clusters of the Burdock plantA liquid made from the roots will help to produce sweating and increase urination. Dry the root, simmer it in water, strain the liquid, and then drink the strained liquid. Use the fiber from the dried stalk to weave cordage.





Burdock plant

Burdock flowers

Burdock leaves

Dried Burdock leaves