Arctium minus subsp. minus
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites
Terrestrial. Forest margins, waste places, roadsides, creek beds.
Large biennial herb usually 1-1.5 m tall. Stems grooved and with sparse hairs. Basal leaves deltoid up to 40 x 30 cm, green above and white and densely felty beneath, on hollow petioles. Upper leaves similar to lower but becoming smaller. Inflorescence a raceme of small reddish purple flowers, with green bracts. Seed 5-7 mm long with pappus attached.
Can be distinguished from the very similar A. lappa by the hollow petioles/.
January, February, March, April
February, March, April, May
Europe, W. Asia
minus: Small; from the Latin minor
Reason For Introduction
reproduces from seed.
many seeds are produced
Wind, water, people
Moderately shade tolerant.