|Family name: Compositae|
Genus and Species:Arctium lappa
Common Name: Burdock, Gobo Root (Japan)
Growing Conditions: prefers moist,, rich, deeply cultivated soil and full sun, but will grow in poorer soils; does not like to be transplanted
Propagation: from seeds planted in spring
Parts used: roots and seeds; leaves externally
Harvest: roots during the fall of t he first year or the spring of the second year
Preparation: root is dug during or after the first growing season and used fresh or dried - dried root is preferred for tinctures; seeds are harvested at maturity in the fall of the second growing season and dried. Burdock (gobo in Japan) is also used as a vegetable like carrots in soups, stews, stir fries.