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Arctium is a very common plant in Vermont that is more well known as burdock. Burdock is a plant that grows about three to four feet tall. It has purple flowers that bloom between the months of June and October. It has wavy, heart-shaped leaves that are green on top and whitish on the bottom. The most prominent feature would be the burrs that stick to clothing and animal fur. Burdock grows on the roadsides, in fields, and on the edge of forests. They also have dark brownish-green roots that are similar to carrots. In order to harvest the roots, you need to dig two to three feet deep. Consuming burdock root can be used as a blood purifier, it’s good for the liver, can increase urine flow, reduce fever, and can be used to alleviate high blood pressure.  Burdock has been reported to also treat colds, help with cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Some people even use burdock to increase sex drive.

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