Arctium lappa

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Great Burdock

Arctium lappa
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Rare
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Low
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – Yes
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – Noxious


Edible: the root is prized in Japan as a vegetable, gobo, for which many recipes are to be found. The bolting main stem, before flowering, can be cooked as a vegetable, or candied if peeled carefully---the outer skin is extremely bitter. Has been rubbed on the fingers of children to discourage nail-biting.

[1] Link to USDA Plants Profile, Arctium lappa L. greater burdock

[2] Link to NatureServe I-Rank information for Arctium lappa - L. Greater Burdock

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Photo from 1200 Weeds of the 48 States & Adjacent Canada, XID Services


Harrrington, H.D., Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains, ISBN 0-8263-0343-9, or ISBN 0-08263-0050-2.

Szczawinski & Turner, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada, ISBN 0-88902-752-8