Greater Burdock, Arctium lappa, commonly called greater burdock, gobō, edible burdock, lappa, beggar’s buttons, thorny burr, or happy major is a bi-annual plant with medicinal properties. Dried root from first year plants is considered medicinally. Some people take burdock root by mouth to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, treat colds, increase sex drive and “purify” their blood. Some people apply burdock leaves directly to the skin for wrinkles, dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, eczema and even burns when applied with honey based salves. You can eat the first year leaves that sprout in early spring. As the leaves mature they become really bitter. When leaves mature they are commonly used to wrap food to cook out in the wild. These burdock plants have not been exposed to any pesticides and have been growing on the land that contains my urban farm. The seed genetics can go back at least 3 decades. The plant in the second year also serves as a pollen and nectar source for many pollinators such as honeybees, natives bees and butterflies.