Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus) – In the 1940s the Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral had a brain wave when he kept noticing the sticky burrs of burdock (we also have Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa), which is similar) kept attaching to his clothes when he passed by it. Also called ‘Sticky Buttons’, he thought he might be able to replicate the idea to produce a clothes fastening. After trial and error, and with inspiration from the plant, it took him around 8 years to perfect his product which he finally called Velcro.
Not to forget that dandelion and burdock has been a poupular soft drink since the Middle Ages, one I used to drink a lot of as a child when pop came in glass bottles and you could take them back to the shop and get a few pennies for the return to spend on a bag of sweets.
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