Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

Arctium lappa : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P            

(Best months for growing Burdock in Australia - tropical regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in separate bed.
  • Burdock flower ( - George Chernilevsky - Public Domain)

Burdock grows wild on roadsides and waste places and around field boundaries throughout Britain, Europe and North America, and is cultivated in Japan. Grows to about 2 m (6 ft) high.

Has dark green leaves with a long tap root.

Keep watch for seed heads as it can become an invasive weed. The prickly balls were the inspiration for the inventor of 'Velcro', George de Mestra.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Burdock

Harvest in the first year when the burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavour with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienne/shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; the taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related.

It is a key ingredient in the traditional Dandelion and Burdock beer.

Your comments and tips

07 Sep 23, Allan (Australia - temperate climate)
When I was a boy growing up in England we had a lovely drink called 'dandelion and burdock.' but I have never seen it in Australia. As you show how to grow burdock in your email, maybe you could comment on this wonderful drink. Have a nice day people, Allan.
02 Jun 22, Carol (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Buy from "Strictly Medicinal Seeds"
27 Feb 21, Yoko (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, where can I buy gobo seeding? Thanks.
01 Mar 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
Try seed selling companies on the internet.
05 Jun 22, Rene' (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Yoko, I have a lot of seed if you are still looking
24 Jul 20, Elaine lopez (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Were can i buy fresh gobo burdock root
27 Jul 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try a Google search
02 Apr 19, Rene’ (USA - Zone 2a climate)
Can you grow burdock root from the root it’s self? Can it be re-planted to start a garden? If not where can I purchase the seeds?
28 Apr 17, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How do they look like as a.plant
30 Apr 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
Burdock is a biennial member of the Asteracea family so has daisy type flowers. It is not easy to describe the appearance of the plant. You could look up pictures on the internet.
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