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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Arctium minus)
BURDOCK Food: Edible greens, fresh or in soups. Roots and stems may be eaten if boiled in several batches of water.

Medicine: Chippewa used the plant in a medicine for coughs.

Technology: The leaves were sewn together, and sometimes reinforced with a birchbark headband, to make a hat for working in the hot summer sun.

Note: Similar to european introduced Great Burdock, only this plant is smaller.

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