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