During my residency at ACRE (Steuben, Wisconsin), I encountered burdock for the first time when it caught my hair while walking in the woods. Burdock is an invasive species that produces highly sticky, flowering burs. In botany, the burs are referred to as diaspores, similar to the word diaspora, which both refer to the dispersal of plants and people.
Because of the problems the burs can cause for livestock and other animals, the owner of the property was clearing out these plants in piles to burn. With her permission, I took burdock from these piles back to my workspace and cut off each of the burs from the stems by hand. I arranged them on a traditional eight-pointed star needlepoint pattern from the local general store.
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