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Common Burdock
Arctium minus

The bracts at the base of the flowerheads have hooked tips, allowing the seeds to grab onto animal fur or human clothing and hitch a ride. This is one of three species of burdock that grow in Connecticut; none of them is native to North America.

• Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
• Habitat: old fields, waste areas, roadsides
• Height: 1-5'
• Flower size: flowerheads 3/4 inch across
• Flower color: pink to lavender
• Flowering time: July to October
• Origin: Europe

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.