Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum subsp. sylvestris)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 15-72 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Other: Hairy
Flowers: Showy
Other: On egg-shaped cones, produces flowers 2 rows at a time. Flowers are tubular in shape.
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Steven J. Baskauf

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on May 8, 2013 10:33 AM

This plant was introduced from Eurasia as a comb for textile workers working with fine wools to "warm" the threads. When it is used as a comb, it can create pockets of air within the fibers to make the fabric feel "warmer."

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