Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Arctium lappa, Burdock, Beggar's Buttons. Edible Burdock

Common Name: Burdock, Beggar's Buttons. Edible Burdock

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Arctium

Species: lappa

Characteristics of Plant
Arctium lappa is a biennial herb. It can be used to make teas from the leaves and the roots can be used to make extracts from, but before eating any new plant, do your research.

Seed can be sown in the spring or summer and the roots harvested in the fall. The roots can go very deep, so make sure your soil is loose. The roots grow kind of like carrots do.

Flowers generally bloom during the months of July thru September.

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Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

Endangered Species


When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring
Early Summer
Mid Summer

Germination Temperature
70-80 F

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Days to Germination
14-24 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Nutritional Needs


Reproduces By

Cutting Flower

(Image by starlight1153)
"Arctium lappa ... Photo is copyrighted to Jonna Sudenius."
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