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Common Name: Teasel
Dipsacus fullonum is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.80 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa and W. Asia.
Copses, stream banks, roadsides, rough pasture etc, especially on clay soils[
Succeeds in most soils[
] but prefers clay[
]. Prefers a deep rich soil[
]. Requires a sunny position[
A good butterfly plant[
This is the true wild species of teasel, its bracts are too flexible to be used for combing cloth[
]. The flowering heads are much prized by flower arrangers because they keep their colour almost indefinitely when dried[
Teasel is little used in modern herbalism, and its therapeutic effects are disputed[
]. Traditionally it has been used to treat conditions such as warts, fistulae (abnormal passages opening through the skin) and cancerous sores[
The root is diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic[
]. An infusion is said to strengthen the stomach, create an appetite, remove obstructions of the liver and treat jaundice[
]. The root is harvested in early autumn and dried for later use[
An infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash to treat acne[
The plant has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer, an ointment made from the roots is used to treat warts, wens and whitlows[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the flowering plant[
]. It is used in the treatment of skin diseases[
A blue dye obtained from the dried plant is an indigo substitute[
]. It is water soluble[
]. A yellow is obtained when the plant is mixed with alum[
Seed - best sown in early spring in situ[
]. The seed can also be sown from late winter to May or from August to early autumn. All but the earlier sowings can be made outdoors.