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Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Burdock, Herbs | 0 comments

Burdock

Burdock

Name: *Burdock (Arctium lappa) Description: *Hardy biennial plant *Can grow up to 8 feet tall (usually around 4 feet tall) *Dies down in winter Parts Used: *Roots and seeds *One source said can use leaves as well Position: *Moist, humus-rich soil *Full sun (but tolerates light shade) Propagation: *propagate from seed in spring or late fall *soak the seeds overnight in warm water before sowing, then lightly cover with soil Maintenance: *Keep the soil moist and weed regularly especially when the plants are young. *Remove the flowers and burrs to promote root growth Harvesting: *Lift roots in the fall, about 100 days after planting and when the roots are at least 1 foot in length *For medicinal purposes, dry the roots *According to one source, you can use the leaves and young shoots for cooking (as a salad vegetable) *According to some sources, Japanese and Korean cultures eat the roots as vegetables as well *The seed burrs may be picked in the fall of their second year to replant...

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