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Wild Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Dipsacaceae (Teasel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Very distinctive. Pale purple spiny flowerhead with a horizontal band of flowers in the middle which open first. The flowerheads remain on the dead stems throughout winter months. Individual flowers have 4-5 petals and 4 stamens.
Fruit:
Light brown, ridged and hairy achene (seed). 4-angled, up to 5mm long.
Leaves:
Prickly leaves. The basal leaves are oblong and fleshy, up to 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. The stem leaves are narrower and often cupped at their bases, holding rainwater. The leaves can persist throughout the winter months.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
No edible uses.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Barber's Brush, Brushes and Combs, Card Teasel, Card-thistle, Church Broom, Common Teasel, Donkey's Thistle, Draper's Teasel, Fairies' Broom, Fairies' Fire, Fuller's Teasel, Gypsy-combs, Hair-brush, Indian Teasel, Johnny-prick-the-finger, Lady's Brush and Comb, Lady's Brushes, Teazel, Teazle, Venuscup, Venus'-cup, Venuscup Teasel, Venus's Basin, Venus's Lip.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, woodland.