Arctium, or better known as burdock, is a flowering plant that has been a major part of various cultures for more than hundreds of years. Its root is known in Japan as gobo and used in their cuisine. The North America Iroquois tribe dried and preserved the root for food during the winter.
The burdock seeds were used in Ancient China to treat various conditions such as cough, fever, sore throat, arthritis and various digestive diseases.
Burdock can reach a height between 1 and 2 meters when fully grown and produces purple flowers that extend away from its bracts that bloom between