How to grow Arctium minus

Arctium minus grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Arctium also known as Lesser burdock or Wild rhubarb, Arctium minus biennial plant, used as edible plant also used as ornamental plant, can grow in temperate or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-8.

Leaves edible color green in spear to deltoid shape.

Arctium minus flower

Flower head edible and there is spines, the color of the flower purple.

Roots edible with brown peel and white inside in cone shape.

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How to grow Arctium minus growing and care:

Moist soil, cold climate

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn (in hotter climate)

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant:
1-1.5m, 3-4.5 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade (in hotter climate)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Purple flowers that grow like hear on head with spines

Uses of flower:
Cooked, raw

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:

How to harvest the leaves?
Just when the plant young harvest in the base

Information about leaves:
Green leaf in spear to deltoid shape

Uses of Arctium minus leaves:

Edible Roots information

Information about root:
Brown peel and white inside in cone shape

Harvesting tuber root season:
Summer / Autumn

Uses of root:
Beverage, cooked

Scientific name:

Arctium minus

Alternative name: Lesser burdock, Little burdock, Louse-bur, Common burdock, Button-bur, Cuckoo-button, Wild rhubarb

How to grow Arctium minus

Arctium minus

Arctium minus plant

Arctium minus plant care


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Bud
  • Edible leaves
  • Edible Roots
Culinary uses
  • Beverage
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Biennial plant
  • Herbaceous
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8