This bushy plant is used to add a bitter flavour to drinks, as in "dandelion and burdock". The roots were also used as a source of vitamin C to protect against colds and 'flu.
It grows in a variety of habitats - by roadsides, in waste ground and in woodland. It always seems to attract plenty of insects in my garden.
The flowers are reddish-purple and the fruits are hooked to
attach to fur or clothing. The leaves are heart-shaped.
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