Dipsacus fullonum L.

Wild Teasel

Biennial herb to about 2 m tall with prickly ridged stems. Leaves basal and along the stem, oblanceolate to lanceolate, the margins round-toothed (crenate) fused and cupped at the base. Flower heads ovoid to spherical, the slender basal involucral bracts mostly directed upwards. Flowers lilac to white, with thin spiny bracts. [D. sylvestris Huds.]


Naturalised in NSW and Vic as a pasture weed extending south from Moss Vale, NSW.


D. sativus (L.) Honck., Fuller's Teasel (Wild Teasel), from Europe, N Africa and the Middle East is so-called because the dried flower heads were once used for preparing a nap on woollen cloth, the process being referred to as 'fulling'; the precise origin of the species is uncertain. [D. fullonum L. subsp. sativus (L.) Thell.]. Naturalised in SA.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Dipsacaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Dipsacales
family       Dipsacaceae
genus        Dipsacus L.