Burdock bud

Burdock is a thistle. The flower isn’t memorable, but the spine patterns of the buds are interesting:


When they dry out, the hooked spines make the burrs pretty disagreeable – if you bump into one, they don’t detach from your clothes easily. The bud is about a half an inch across, this is a high-magnification view.

6 thoughts on “Burdock bud

    • I just had to look it up, but it looks like the plant used in the British soft drink Dandelion and Burdock is the same as the one I photographed.
      There’s a Dandelion and Burdock Wikipedia page with photos…thanks for commenting.

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