Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Arctium lappa

La grande bardane
Greater Burdock

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

20-25 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Elliptic,

Cordate

Height

to 2 m

Description

A sturdy plant with thick hairy stems, 5 cm thick. The vertical root reaches a length of 1 m.

Grows in wooded areas, waste ground.

Flowers

The flower head is two-thirds covered in hooked spines, leaving just a small opening for the red to purple tubular disk florets.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Cordate heart-shaped. Oval to heart-shaped, undulating margins, 50 cm long. The large leaves, stalked, look similar to dock leaves.

Fruits Seeds

Bur: spherical, 3.5-4.2 cm.

Edible

Stalks (raw or cooked), eaten before flowering.
Roots.

Medical

Roots, of one year’s maturity: to treat skin disorders like boils, eczema and abscesses, also to stimulate the liver and kidneys.

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