Fuller's Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 5-8 feet (150-200 cm)
Plant Spread: 1.5-2 feet (50-60 cm)
Leaves: Other: prickly
Fruit: Showy
Other: prickly
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink and white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: 0.5 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Other info: up to 2000 seeds per plant- of these, germination is 30 to 80%; seed viable 2 plus years
Pollinators: Self
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 12, 2012 8:11 AM

Biennial plant of significant size topping out at 8'. Opposite toothed leaves that are joined around the stem are up to a foot in length; broad at the base, they narrow down to a pointed tip. Plant's stems are numerous and very prickly. Flowers are pink, tiny, and densely packed in rings around the cylindrical head. Numerous stiff, long bracts (w/ prickles) curve upward around flower head.
Preferred habitat - disturbed soil in pastures and fields, also, roadsides This European native is considered a noxious pest weed due to the difficulty in erasing its presence.
Back in the day, flower heads were utilized on spindles to raise the nap of woolen cloth; also, in dried arrangements.
Initially scattered in Illinois, its range and density are expanding. Can form dense colonies.
Blooms June thru October.

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Posted by Cakeholemoon (Garfield, WA - Zone 6a) on Feb 22, 2018 12:27 AM

Is the Common Teasel a carnivorous plant? The leaves of this plant form a cup at the base where they attach to the stem. When it rains, the leaf basin fills with water. Insects become trapped in the water and die. There have been studies which have shown that this plant can benefit from the additional nitrogen and phosphorous from the decaying insects. The benefit: increased seed production. Good news for the Goldfinches!

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