Lesser Burdock produces purple flowers in its second year of growth, from July to October. Common Names: Burdock, greater burdock, great thistle, beggar’s button’s, Grosse Klette (German), niu bang zi (Chinese), gobo (Japanese), woowong (Korean). Distribution and Habitat: Burdock is native to Europe and Asia and has now spread worldwide in temperate zones. November 24, 2017 Botany Notes. My garden use to be overrun with burdock. According to Gross et al. Arctium lappa and Arctium minus. Liriomyza arctii is poorly known, but was described on Arctium in North America, and presumably uses native hosts as well. Study Sites their larvae consume the seeds. I have used the common terms for the parts of plants throughout this article, but for those interested, here are the accurate botanical terms for the plant parts associated with burdock. Common Names: Great Burdock, Gobo, Burr burr, Lappa, Bardana, Thorny burr, Begger's buttons, Bardane, Snake's rhubarb, Niu bang zi Species Used: A. lappa, similar species are A. minus, A. tomentosum Family: Compositae/Asteraceae; Habitat: Arctium is an introduced European plant that grows along roadsides, pastures and in abandoned lots. Asteraceae Arctium minus Bernh. Lesser Burrdock Iroquois - Drug, Antirheumatic (External) Use documented by: Rousseau, Jacques, 1945, Le Folklore Botanique De L'ile Aux Coudres, Contributions de l'Institut botanique l'Universite de Montreal 55:75-111, page 100 View all documented uses for Arctium minus … Family. (1980) Metzneria is the only Arctium specialist established in North America. Arctium minus, Arctium lappa, Arctium tomentosum are few of the popular varieties of Burdock which is used medically and as vegetable. Burdock is a biennial herb sized 100–300 cm tall from Asteraceae family found growing in cool climate. Burdock root is used both for tea and in cooking. Plant. The name of the genus, Arctium, is derived from the Greek arktos, a bear, in allusion to the roughness of the burs, lappa, the specific name, being derived from a word meaning 'to seize.' The dried root of one year old plants is the official herb, but the leaves and fruits can also be used. Arctium minus, commonly known as lesser burdock, little burdock, louse-bur, common burdock, button-bur, cuckoo-button, or wild rhubarb, is a biennial plant.This plant is native to Europe, but has become introduced elsewhere such as Australia, North and South America, and other places.. The flowers are globe-shaped and thistle-like, becoming bur-like seed heads. Two related species, A. minus and A. tomentosum are also sometimes used for medicinal purposes. I just kept pulling all the leaves off when ever they grew and threw them in the compost. I have a couple that are now growing but the plant is not so intimidating any more. BURDOCK ROOT - Burdock root (Arctium lappa L.) is native to Europe and North Asia but can be found in many areas across the globe. Botanical Description. The burdock plant is a genus that is related to both sunflowers and some members of the daisy family. Another source derives the word lappa from the Celtic llap, a hand, on account of its prehensile properties. Ithaca, NY. Medicinal Uses Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. The other herbivores we observed all use other hosts as well as Arctium. Scientific name: Arctium lappa. Asteraceae. Greater burdock grows up to 1-2 m bearing large, heart-shaped, dull green leaves with fine hairs. One was over a foot. Parts Used: Primarily … Arctium minus on the left and A. lappa on the right. The roots are very fibrous, and when cut becomes soft and stringy. After 3yrs there roots just died and I could pull them straight out the ground. Characteristics. 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