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Oval spiky flower heads. A feature worth noting when distinguishing between Greater Burdock and Lesser Burdock is the flower stalks. For Lesser Burdock, the flower stalks are very short, up to 1cm, but with Greater Burdock they can be as long as 10cm.
Clusters of round, prickly fruit called 'burs'. The prickles of the burs have small hooks at their ends. The hooks can cause the fruit to stick to clothing and animal fur very easily while brushing past them.
The alternate stem leaves are large, broad, triangular with wavy edges. The even larger basal rosette leaves can be anything up to 20 inches long. Greater Burdock has solid lower leaf stalks, yet Lesser Burdock has hollow lower leaf stalks.
150 centimetres tall
The roots, leaves, stems and seeds are all edible, raw or cooked. This flower is widely used in Chinese and Western herbal medicine.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Bardane, Beggar's Button, Burweed, Button-bur, Clotbur, Cockle Buttons, Cocklebur, Common Burdock, Cuckoo-button, Edible Burdock, Fox's Clote, Happy Major, Hardock, Harebur, Little Burdock, Louse-bur, Love Leaves, Petite Bardane, Stick Button, Sticktight, Thorny Burr, Wild Burdock, Wild Rhubarb.
Farmland, hedgerows, roadsides, sand dunes, towns, wasteland, woodland.