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.
: 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.
GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
POWERS : Protection
CELTIC GODS: Nechtan,
Use with protection spells and rituals. When at sea call on protection from Lír
For pools or lakes call on protection from Nechtan.