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Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
Took the dogs out yesterday evening when it was a bit cooler,park in next village
 This was in the wood,about tall,big flat mid green leaves
Very spikey flowers, mauve center,very pretty.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,831
    Hello @Nanny Beach. They look like burdock to me.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    Hello Ladybird that was quick,is that what that revolting dandelion and burdock drink is made from?
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,831
    edited July 2022
    It is indeed Nanny Beach - and I agree with you.
    I am willing to bet that there are now chemical equivalents of both those plants in modern day Dandelion and Burdock drinks.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,210
    Keep your dog away from the ripe seed heads. They are an absolute pig to get off their coats.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    Luckily the plants are much taller than my long hair dogs. My little toy,has no undercoat or oil,and everyone he comes in from the garden,he brings in,leaves, blossom. When we walk along to the harbour,there are some tiny burrs that stick in his hair,and we end up cutting them out.
  • Be pleased it was in the wood not your garden...huge great roots which are virtually impossible to dig out.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    It was on the edge of the wooded area,it's an absolutely massive park
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,036
    One of my favourite wild plants … as children we’d use the huge leaves as parasols. The burrs are a PITA in a spaniel’s coat tho 🙄 
    and although the main flowering spikes are higher up than most spaniels there are always burrs on the sideshoots too! And as winter arrives the plants become brittle  droop and fall … that’s when the burrs attach themselves to dogs and children's winter coats etc 😂 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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