BURDOCK

NAME : BURDOCK

GAELIC NAME : Leadán Liosta

LATIN NAME : Arctium lappa.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Bardana, Burrseed, Clotbur, Cocklebur, Grass Burdock, Hardock, Hareburr, Hurrburr, Turkey Burrseed.

MEDICINAL PART : Roots, Seed, Leaves.

PLACE OF ORIGIN : Ireland, Europe, Northern U.S.

HABITAT : Found along fences, walls, and roadsides, in waste places, and around populated areas.

DESCRIPTION : Burdock is a biennial plant. The root is long, fleshy, gray-brown outside, and white inside. In its second year, the plant grows a furrowed, reddish, pithy stem with woolly branches. During the first year burdock has only basal leaves. Both basal and stem leaves are oblong-cordate to corate, green and hairy on top and downy gray beneath.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The purple flowers appear in loose corymbose clusters from July to September.

PROPERTIES : Aperient, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
POWERS : Protection
CELTIC GODS: Nechtan, Lír, Manannan

MAGICAL USES
Use with protection spells and rituals. When at sea call on protection from Lír or  Manannan. For pools or lakes call on protection from Nechtan.

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