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Hitchhiking Burdock

This hitchhiking burdock is the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940's studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope. The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog's fur while walking in the woods.

Hitchhiking Burdock

Hitchhiking Burdock. The hitchhiking pest, Arctium minus or as it is more commonly known,”burdock.” Did you know it is a wildflower?

It has rounded, spiny structures that many of us call burrs.  The burrs attach to clothing and animals so it can spread its seed to other locations.

Burdock Buds

 

Burdock Flower

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Interesting Fact

This hitchhiking burdock is the reason we have VELCRO today.  A Swiss inventor in the 1940’s studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope.  The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog’s fur while walking in the woods.

Burdock - This wildflower is past its prime. In the dead of winter, it is still hanging around to do it's job. It is a hitchhiker and also the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940’s studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope. The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog’s fur while walking in the woods. He realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together. The result of his studies was Velcro.

He realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together. The result of his studies was Velcro.

 

Burdock - The Hitchhiker - Known as a common wildflower pest. Interesting fact - This hitcher is the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940's studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope after they had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog's fur.

 

 

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