Burdock (Arctium minus) is the common name for one of the thistles that make up the Arctium genus in the Asteraceae plant family.
It is characterized by spherical, usually pink or purple, buds surrounded by thorny bracts and rounded, burr-shaped fruits with many seeds. Burdock is indigenous to the Old World (Asia and Europe).
There are around ten species of this plant in the world. plants of the Arctium genus are generally biennial or perennial plants. The stalks are upright and have deep green leaves that are usually large, thick, and oval.
Members of this genus can have leaves up to 45 cm long. The thin, edible root has rust-brown skin and gray-white flesh.
The compound inflorescence is sometimes purple or pink and is surrounded by thorny bracts. Burdock usually blooms from July to October.