Nature, Natural History and How they Educate Us
it looks like a big, beautiful burdock plant to me~ if it was taken in the northeast, it is more than likely that~ a wonderful medicinal and nutritional plant~ quite yummy and powerful :) it's a great photo~
I also took this one in the Catskills.
sweet~ its definitley burdock, no doubt in my mind now. the catskills have the best damn soil for burdock. RI has burdock too, but you really have to search for super beef cake specimens like this one you got here. yummy!
Sadly, it seems that burdock here is an invasive. Native to Europe and Asia, it appears burdock is any member of the mostly biennial genus Arctium. It is a beautiful plant (probably why I photographed it) which is true of a lot of invasives that were brought over for ornamental purposes. I just learned that Scotch Broom is also an invasive.
on the upswing of this particular invasive species, it can at least be harvested and used for food and medicine~ i love when the burrs rippen to a beautiful bright purply-magenta~ its quite a sight~