In the first year of growth the plant forms a rosette. Common burdock is a biennial weed that is most often a problem in shelterbelts. Common burdock, also referred to as wild rhubarb, is a member of the Asteraceae or sunflower family. A stout flowering stalk is formed in the second year. The hooked fruits are reputed to be the inspiration for Velcro. Hand pulling also works for control. Sometimes adding lime or gypsum may help. Consequently, it can be challenging to use herbicides to control burdock without injuring the trees. 2,4-D is commonly used for burdock The leaves are similar in size and shape to rhubarb, causing more than a few people to refer to it as wild rhubarb. First year plants form large rosettes. The second year the plant is erect. Each burr will contain about 30 to 40 seeds, with an entire plant producing anywhere from 9,800 to 17,000 seeds. Has dense, soft hairs. A tea once was made from the roots to treat gout and rheumatism. Common burdock. Common Burdock Arctium minus Description: Common burdock is a member of the Aster or Sunflower family, Thistle tribe. You can control common burdock using 2,4-D or Banvel. Control. Burdock only reproduces by seed, so clear plants before the seed matures (or burn the dried seed heads) to reduce the spread. Controlling Burdock. Burdock is an invasive plant you don’t want to find in your pastures. A stout flowering stalk is formed in the second year. Control. Common Burdock Arctium minus Bernh. Appearance Arctium minus grows up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall. Common Names: bardane, beggar's button, common burdock, lesser burdock. In the first year of growth the plant forms a rosette. Common mullein Stands upright. Burdock Removal and Control. You can control common mullein by using Roundup as a spot treatment or by hand pulling. First year plants form large rosettes. The stout, grooved, rough stem has multiple branches, and grows to 2-6 feet tall. The burrs, when ripe, stick to anything that touches them, including cattle. The second year the plant is erect. University of Minnesota Extension www.extension.umn.edu 612-624-1222 wild burdock. Not noxious or poisonous. Common burdock is native to Europe and now is established throughout much of North America. by Heather Smith Thomas. wild rhubarb Native Origin: Europe Description: Common burdock is a biennial in the Aster family (Asteraceae). Yellow flowers. It is a biennial forb that occurs throughout the United States. County Listed Noxious Weed. It is a biennial forb that occurs throughout the United States. The plants like soil that's high in iron and low in calcium. Appearance Arctium minus grows up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall. Burdock is a tenacious weed with a massive taproot that does not respond well to herbicide control, plus it has a persistent seed bank. Furthermore, burdock often develops a persistent seed bank so plants may appear again within a couple years after control. 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