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Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Image ID: 2016/kane10
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 4 to 9 ft.
Blooms: July to October
Leaf Type: lobed
Bloom Size: 1.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Parts indistinct
Location: Kane Woods
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Great Burdock may be easily confused with:
- Common Burdock
Great burdock, true to its name, is both taller and has larger flowers. Also, the stem of great burdock is gently grooved.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.