We have finally identified the plant that thrives underneath the lilacs surrounding the house – burdock! And it all has to come out.
When we first moved into the house, the dogs, the Velcro(r) on Tim’s work pants, even my tennis shoes were plagued by dry little “hitchhikers” (as my mom calls them). Every time I thought we had removed all of the burrs, I’d find another one stuck in the Border Mutt’s thick, fluffy hair. The dried seed pods are nearly impossible to remove once they latch on and are covered in fuzzy hair.
So we pulled out the dried plant material, but we weren’t sure what to look for when the plant was growing. Now we know.
The leaves grow very large and look like lettuce. They filled in under the lilacs quite nicely, and in June they begin to send up a flower stalk that looked a bit like tiny cabbages. Once the flowers opened, they took on the appearance of thistles, and they quickly became “prickly.” I’ve read that burdock leaves will sooth a snake bite. I’m not sure that’s reason enough to keep it around. Can you think of any uses for burdock? – Stacey Morgan Smith*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**