Burdock seed heads
If you've ever brushed by one of these plants, you know how easily they attach themselves to your clothing. Swiss inventor George de Mestral noticed this too, reasoning that the same idea could be used to close articles of clothing. Voila! Velcro!
Closeup of burdock seed head
Here you can easily see the hooks on burdocks.
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Your photos are wonderful
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Thanx for very useful info; well done.
Your pictures of these heads are stunning. So sharp and crisp.
No way! Imagine that. They so say that most inventions come from a simple idea. Like you say EG you learn many an interesting fact through blogging :)
I have had many of these guys hitch a ride with me.
Superb captures as always, EG, and what a different plant!! I've never seen one like it -- but then you find lots of those and I'm SO glad you share them with us!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!
Ah, the wisdom of plants!
I have had some of these hitchhikers stuck to my clothes. Your photos are lovely! Enjoy your day!
How interesting! This was new to me, I didn't know who was the inventor of velcro.
Have a great week!
my first ever viewing of live velcro. it is beautiful. i find that the prettier the plant the more it can harm.
What a perfect word for the letter V.
Some stickery plants sure act like velcro.
I'm not sure if it's the same thing, but we have plants that do this. Had no idea the idea of velcro was related to this plant.
Very interesting, it's funny how we take things for granted.
What an inventive man.
I was forever getting burdocks on my clothes as a kid!
I had heard the story of the inspiration for velcro, but have never seen such wonderful, clear, photos of the seed head of this plant.
Oh wow, that's neat that they were what inspired velcro! I know I've had too many stuck to my clothes--and when our dog gets into them, that's no fun at all either! But they are deceivingly beautiful in your photos!
What a very informative post. I learned something new and very important (to me) today. Thanks.
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They are pretty though! Loooove the title!
Beautiful photo and the plant inspired such practicality.
They are a pain, but you have some great shots!
These are super photos, EG!
Neat pictures! Great clarity!
What amazing photos...and glad to learn this bit of info....
These are lovely! And love that Mountain Bluebird shot!
Educational in addition to being beautiful shots. I can't say that I've ever encountered burdock. And I think I'm content to keep it that way.
Such beautiful photos!!
Interesting story about that plant.
Yes I know the plant but not the info. Thanks
I have experienced these plants before! They do look nice in pictures though.
They look pretty here!
Amazing captures! I like how you visualized it.
Wonderful shots. Imagine looking at that and thinking you could make velcro. So clever.
Lovely shades of green!
I never knew that. Voila - new learning. - Margy
Lovely detail in your photos, you can see how he got his idea. I always think of them as one of the tasty ingredient in dandelion and burdock pop, although I think that uses the root.
Great post. I had no idea how pretty burdock is. Also didn't know that was the plant that inspired velcro.
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