Controlling Burdock. Appearance Arctium minus grows up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall. Common burdock is native to Europe and now is established throughout much of North America. A stout flowering stalk is formed in the second year. The hooked fruits are reputed to be the inspiration for Velcro. wild rhubarb Native Origin: Europe Description: Common burdock is a biennial in the Aster family (Asteraceae). In the first year of growth the plant forms a rosette. The second year the plant is erect. Sometimes adding lime or gypsum may help. Common mullein Stands upright. Burdock is a tenacious weed with a massive taproot that does not respond well to herbicide control, plus it has a persistent seed bank. This biennial, introduced from Europe, reproduces by seeds. Hand pulling also works for control. It is a biennial forb that occurs throughout the United States. by Heather Smith Thomas. COMMON BURDOCK [Arctium minus (Hill) Bernh.] Control. In the first year of growth the plant forms a rosette. Furthermore, burdock often develops a persistent seed bank so plants may appear again within a couple years after control. First year plants form large rosettes. Control. Common Burdock Arctium minus Bernh. County Listed Noxious Weed. The burrs, when ripe, stick to anything that touches them, including cattle. Appearance Arctium minus grows up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall. Each burr will contain about 30 to 40 seeds, with an entire plant producing anywhere from 9,800 to 17,000 seeds. Common burdock is a biennial weed that is most often a problem in shelterbelts. Common burdock, also referred to as wild rhubarb, is a member of the Asteraceae or sunflower family. Yellow flowers. Common burdock. Burdock Removal and Control. Not noxious or poisonous. If burdock is taking over your pasture, it may be time for some soil testing. Common Names: bardane, beggar's button, common burdock, lesser burdock. Burdock is an invasive plant you don’t want to find in your pastures. University of Minnesota Extension www.extension.umn.edu 612-624-1222 Common Burdock Arctium minus Description: Common burdock is a member of the Aster or Sunflower family, Thistle tribe. The second year the plant is erect. First year plants form large rosettes. wild burdock. The stout, grooved, rough stem has multiple branches, and grows to 2-6 feet tall. In the second year, burdock will flower and produce the burrs we all know. 2,4-D is commonly used for burdock It is a biennial forb that occurs throughout the United States. Has dense, soft hairs. Burdock only reproduces by seed, so clear plants before the seed matures (or burn the dried seed heads) to reduce the spread. A stout flowering stalk is formed in the second year. The leaves are similar in size and shape to rhubarb, causing more than a few people to refer to it as wild rhubarb. A tea once was made from the roots to treat gout and rheumatism. Management tips for controlling and eventually eradicating this invasive species. 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