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Greater Burdock - Arctium lappa
Other Names:  Edible Burdock, Beggar's Buttons, Thorny Burr, Happy Major, Gobo

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Stems erect, branched, 50–150 cm. Leaves with solid petioles; blades 10–50 cm long, tomentose beneath. Inflorescence corymbiform, heads short-pedunculate. Involucre 3–4 cm wide, glabrate. Disk flowers ca. 40, purple; corolla 9–14 mm long. Pappus 2–5 mm long. Achenes 6–7 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Widespread; Eurasian.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 33

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed areas.

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