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Connecticut Plants
Common Burdock
Arctium minus Bernh.

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 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: pink to lavender
  • Flowering time: July to October
  • Origin: Europe
Arctium minus Bernh.