Mystery plant 037

This “invasive weed” has spread throughout the entire North American continent.  When you can identify it, please leave a comment with both its common and scientific names.  Also, share any personal story you may have about this plant.


Young leaves on new plant


Growing more leaves


Underside of leaf


Mature plant in its second year


Developing flower buds




Developing seeds


Mature seed heads


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Common burdock (Arctium minus)

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 037

  1. I believe this is burdock (arctium). It is forever popping up in my garden and yard. I dig out every seedling I find and am pretty successful in my flower gardens although it is hard to get all the root out. It can get a hold in hidden places around the yard. I really wouldn’t mind this plant if it weren’t
    1) So big.
    2) Spreads itself so easily.
    3) Has awful seed pods that get caught in the long hair of my dogs and cats. They can make nasty mats.
    I believe the root has some healing properties.

  2. Richard Lewis says:

    Common burdock, arctium minus.

  3. Jane says:

    Love your wonderfully detailed pictures. That mature plant is a real monster!

  4. Angelyn says:

    Diane, you are correct about this being a burdock plant in the Arctium genus. Thanks for your comment about your experience with this plant. Most folks would rather not have it around for the reasons you list. And others appreciate the root for food (gobo) and medicine.

    Richard, you applied the correct names to this plant. It is Common burdock (Arctium minus).

    Thanks, Jane. I agree about the mature plant. . . nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want it to live here in my yard.

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