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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

14. Burdock
(Arctium lappa L.)

14. Burdock

The burdock attracts attention in autumn, when its round fruiting heads attach themselves to our clothing if we brush against them. It is a tall stout plant with large heart-shaped leaves, their undersides covered with grey cottony down. The bracts on the thistle-like flower-heads have long hooked tips and the reddish florets are all tubular, with no spreading rays. This is a common plant of roadsides and waste ground.