Arctium lappa

Greater Burdock/Gobo
Species Information: 
Biennial. Varieties cross, recommended isolation – 1km. Can ‘escape’ to become a weed outside gardens, and ‘cross’ back as an inferior form. However the common New Zealand weed species Arctium minus does not cross.
#915 Greater Burdock
Large edible nutritious root. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear. The taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related. The plant grows as tall as 2m.