Lesser Burdock - Arctium minus


    Medium to tall plant to 1.5 metres. Stems hairy, often reddish, with down-curved branches. Basal leaves large (to 50 cm) with hollow stalks. Flowers purple - flowerheads 15 to 18 mm (15 to 25 mm in fruit) the outside bracts green or purple tinged often cottony when young.

    Identification difficulty

    Variety of habitats and soils except very acid ones.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite a common plant nationally except in the north of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 473 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map