Arctium minus* /Aster Family
Height: 3'to 5'
August 5, 2005
This plant could easily be confused with a thistle or Cocklebur. Cocklebur is monoecious, having staminate (male) flowers on one area of the plant and the pistillate (female) flowers on another area. Burdock and Cockleburs often grow along roadsides and near farm lots where the hooked seeds can cause problems for pets and livestock. I was surprised to find this plant growing on top of Frozen Head Mountain. It may have hitched a ride on a dog's coat.
Where seen: Frozen Head SP, Max Patch area of NC, widespread