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.


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.

      • My botany teacher still teases me about the burs I managed to get in my hair during class. She’d told us to be sure to get basal leaves for our dried plant specimens. AArrgghhh! ๐Ÿ˜€

  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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