We love to grow burdock. It does very well in our Texas soil. It is easy to grow and care for in most zones.
Many roots in herbalism are havested in the second year, but this herb is harvested in its first year.
Burdock is one plant that has the distinction of being used over a long period of time, and by many different cultures, obtaining along the way many different names. Names by which Burdock has been known by and/or associated with are; Bardana - a name used by the Native Americans; Beggar’s Buttons; Burr; Clot bur; Cockle Buttons; Common Burdock; Edible Burdock; Fox Clote; Great Bur; Great Burdock; Gobo - in Japan; Happy Major; Lappa; Love Leaves; Personata; Philanthropium(Grieve, 143); Niu Bang Zi - in China; and Thorny Bur.
Burdock is a traditional medicinal herb that is used for many ailments. Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is popular in Europe. Burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids (including rare long-chain EFAs).