Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, known as Fuller’s teasel is considered an invasive weed in much the US. It is native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. In my dry, sloping garden, countless seed sowings from gatherings along the roadsides have produced one plant in twelve years. It is hoped the rosette of another is growing now in the gravel garden. Fuller’s teasel was used to raise the nap of textile’s, usually wool before being replaced by metal cards. It was introduced to the Americas during it’s use in the textile industry. There have been medicinal uses of teasel, as well.
Handling teasel is best done with heavy gloves, every part of the plant is prickly to the point of piercing human skin. I can attest to that. Teasel is hardy to zone 5 and can grow to six feet where happy, meaning in moist soil. It grew to three feet at most in my dry garden. The plant is said to be biennial, forming low growing leaves the first year, followed the next by a flowering stalk. After setting seed, the plant dies.
Wildflowers, natives or not are honored on the fourth Wednesday of each month by my friend Gail of Clay and Limestone. Hurry over and check out other posts on the topic. Previous posts here at Fairegarden can be found under the category of Wildflowers on the sidebar.