Burdock

Burdock is a thistle that is pretty when it flowers:

When the flower fades it turns into an annoying burr that can attach to almost anything. The image is a closeup abstraction, stacked for a little extra detail on the anther points. Looks a bit like an anemone in this view. Not a native plant, I’ve read that it’s valued as edible for flavor and nutrition – for me it’s the burr that I remember and avoid.

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15 thoughts on “Burdock

  1. Lovely image. It is cool how you were able to get crispness on the near points while the rest remained soft.
    But, UGH! My dad and I had just read “Day of the Triffids” when we moved to Illinois, and once we got to know this awful plant, we decided this must have been the model.

  2. I couldn’t remember reading about burdock, although I may have. I looked up some images of the entire plant, and I see what you mean about the leaves. Still, to be honest, that plant looks lethal. You’ve certainly turned it into something far more beautiful than I would have imagined, and I like the way you’ve highlighted the anthers.

      • I once changed clothes in the middle of an isolated Kansas parking lot after an unfortunate encounter with stick-tights. I was glad no one was around, since there was no way to get in the car without that change of clothes.

      • Besides burdock burrs, there are tick trefoils. Tick trefoils are little burrs, not as large and obnoxious as burdock, but there can be a hundred or more of them. I’ve not had to change clothes after an encounter, but it would be easier to pick them off if you did!

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