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The Edible Burdock Plant

Burdock plants have dark green leaves that can grow up to 28” long; they can remind you of elephant ears.  They are generally large, coarse and shaped like a pointed oval, with the lower ones being heart-shaped.  They are woolly underneath. The leafstalks are generally hollow.  They normally flower from July through  October.

The prickly heads of these plants burrs are noted for easily catching on to fur and clothing.  Burrs can cause local irritation.  The plants are distributed over most of the United States and Southern Canada.

The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable.  …

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