The Beggar's Buttons with a Twist

Meet Arctium lappa, a plant that goes by many names, but we'll stick with 'Beggar's Buttons' for now. This quirky perennial herb is not just a pretty face. It's a long-lived plant that adds a touch of the wild to your garden, and it's even edible!

Arctium lappa

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Arctium lappa

Beggar's Buttons is a tall plant, reaching heights between 2 to 10 feet, and spreading out to a width of 2 to 4 feet. Its lime-colored leaves are a sight to behold, and when it's in bloom, the amethyst-colored flowers are simply stunning. And let's not forget about the fruit. When ripe, they turn a beautiful shade of umber.

Despite its somewhat undesirable reputation, the Beggar's Buttons is a favorite among honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinating species. So, if you're looking to attract these helpful creatures to your garden, this plant is a great choice.

Also known as

Beggar's Buttons
Cockle Buttons
Edible burdock
European Burdock
Great burdock
Greater Burrdock
Greater burdock
Thorny Bur
Woodland Burdock
Woodland burrdock


Yes, the Beggar's Buttons is edible. In fact, it's a common kitchen garden produce. The leaves are known to be nutritious, making it a great addition to your diet.

Our design recommendations

The Beggar's Buttons is a versatile plant when it comes to garden design. Its height makes it a great choice for the back of a border, while its wide spread makes it ideal for ground cover. Plus, its unique leaf and flower colors add a pop of color to any garden. This plant thrives in prairies and conservation lands. It's also part of the natural flora, making it a great choice for those looking to create a more natural-looking garden.