Burrs spend most of the year looking more like dried flower arrangements than they do flowers but there is a short period of time when they do bloom. They’re everywhere here in the country and they make really interesting patterns during the winter but when I came across them at this stage of their life cycle I was surprised to see what a pretty beginning they have.
I only found out recently that burrs were the inspiration for Velcro. It’s interesting to learn of another way nature inspires.
Burdock is native to Europe and Northern Asia and is now widespread throughout the United States as well, where it grows as a weed. In Japan and parts of Europe, it is cultivated as a vegetable. A member of the daisy family, burdock is a stout, common weed with burrs that stick to clothing or animal fur. The plant grows to a height of approximately 3 – 4 feet. It has purple flowers that bloom between the months of June and October. Burdock has alternate (meaning that the leaves grow on both sides of the stem at alternating levels), wavy, heart-shaped leaves that are green on the top and whitish on the bottom. The deep roots, which are used medicinally, are brownish-green, or nearly black on the outside