Family Asteraceae. This biennial plant has a long hard root system, pink flowers and grows 2-10 feet every two years. Geography: Native to Europe and Asia and now also grown in North America
While all parts of this plant have been used for food and internal medication, topically it is often found in skincare to treat acne due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and as a treatment for Athlete's Foot due to its antifungal properties.
The burs that stuck to Swiss Engineer Georges de Mestral's socks and his dog's fur during a walk in the woods inspired his 1955 invention Velcro.