Vegetables Burdock

Burdock Seed

Product ID: 2256

Nutritious, medicinal, and a unique Asian specialty.

A great season-extension offering. For fall, winter, and spring harvest and storage. Can be overwintered in soil, much the same as parsnips. Cook like carrots. Easier to grow than both carrots and parsnips, with faster germination and good weed competition. Delicious in hearty soups and bean stews. Uniform variety. Roots are long, slender, and light brown. Avg. 1–2' long x 1" thick. Avg. 35,100 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.


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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Arctium lappa
CULTURE: Direct seed. Burdock requires a deep, 1-2', well-drained soil to produce quality roots. Sow anytime in spring, about 2" apart, 3/4" deep, in rows 24" apart. Thin to 2-3" apart.
HARVEST: Fall through early spring. A raised bed with removable sides enables harvesting from the side, which results in fewer broken roots.
STORAGE: Optimum storage at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity. Unwashed roots will be slower to wilt at market.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1 oz./230', 4 1/2 oz./1,000', 6 lb./acre at 7 seeds/ft. in rows 2' apart.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: Avg. 35,100.
PACKET: 100 seeds, sows 14'.

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Quick Facts


Latin Name

Arctium lappa

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

120 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated