burdock attracts attention in autumn, when its round fruiting
heads attach themselves to our clothing if we brush against them.
It is a tall stout plant with large heart-shaped leaves, their
undersides covered with grey cottony down. The bracts on the thistle-like
flower-heads have long hooked tips and the reddish florets are
all tubular, with no spreading rays. This is a common plant of
roadsides and waste ground.