Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

great burdock

Burdock, Great (Arctium lappa)

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NATIVE RANGE:

Europe & Asia

DESCRIPTION:

Tall (up to 10 feet) biennial plant, large alternating leaves, purple flowers bloom from spiky clusters in late summer.

Great Burdock, Arctium lappa ID 121555765 ©  Whiskybottle  |  Dreamstime.com

Great Burdock, Arctium lappa ID 121555765 © Whiskybottle | Dreamstime.com

FOOD: Japanese and other Asian cuisines use burdock root in many ways. It has a crunchy, mildly sweet flavor similar to lotus root, and is put in stews, stir-fry, and pickled dishes.

VELCRO: The Swiss inventor of velcro was inspired by the tiny hooks on the flower spike of burdock. The dead flowers would latch onto his clothing and his dog as they hiked.