Fall Plant Walk: Burdock Seed Pod

These are seedpods from a waȟpé tȟáŋka  (Burdock, or Arcticum minus) plant that I encountered on a fall plant walk. This prickly seedpod is split open to reveal seeds for next year’s babies.

Waȟpé tȟáŋka is not native to North America — it was brought here from Eurasia. But its roots and leaves are excellent medicine, and have many uses. I will write more about the medicinal properties of this plant in a future post.

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