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Dipsacus sylvestris

Common Name: Teasel
Dipsacus sylvestris
Dipsacus sylvestris

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Dipsacus
Species: Dipsacus sylvestris

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The flowers of teasel are tiny, lavender, and clustered on a rounded 3" head with spines.

The leaves are paired, narrow, and toothed on a prickly stem. The plants grow to 5’ in height.

Habitat & Range

Teasel grows in fields and trailsides. It is native to Europe, but grows in the United States and Canada.

Life Cycle

The flowers bloom from July to September.

Teasel is an herbaceous biennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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