This wildflower is past its prime. In the dead of winter, it is still hanging around to do it's job. It is a hitchhiker and also the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940’s studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope. The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog’s fur while walking in the woods. He realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together. The result of his studies was Velcro.