Andrew Porter en Horticulture UK, beBee in English Horticultural Content Creator • Unaffiliated 17/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,7K

Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!

Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!

Whilst browsing beBee last week I came across a picture of a plant that had been shared by Kevin Pashuk, and I commented that it was a wonderful picture with some great detail...anyway Franci Hoffman also commented, and it was mentioned if I may be able to shed some light on the plant, and without further ado that is what I did.

The plant in question I identified as Dipsacus commonly known as 'Teasel' so here is some horticultural science and other relevant information about the plant known as 'Teasel'.

DIPSACACEAE This is a Genus of 15 species of what are hairy or prickly biennials or short lived perennials originating from damp grassland and woodland in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

The simple toothed or cut leaves are borne in opposite pairs, with the bases of the upper leaves usually forming a "cup" around each stem, so the plants start off as a basal rosette of simple oblong, lance shaped, toothed, dark green leaves in the first year.

Then in the second summer teasel's grow their upright stems and on these are borne paired lance shaped leaves, they then bare oblong cone shaped, thistle like flowerheads on the long upright branching stems, the flower heads are in between 1 and 3 inches long with stiff curved prickly bracts and are borne from mid to late summer.

Teasels are fully hardy and can grow in pretty much any soil condition and can easily grow up to 7 feet tall, they typically die after they have flowered just once but are really successful at spreading their seed, because one plant is able to produce more than 2,000 seeds which give it a 30% to 80% of germinating successfully the following spring.

Teasel was once used in 'wool fleecing' (meaning the heads were used to raise the nap on cloth) which made it a valuable horticulture plant, this is what probably led to it's introduction to North America back in the early eighteenth century, but because of its prolific seed production it is also why it escaped cultivation spreading rapidly through the US and is now deemed to be an invasive species in some areas.

The flowers and seedheads are a real attraction for birds, butterflies and of course our beloved bees, and because teasel's are prone to aphids they also attract ladybirds or ladybugs as they are called in the US.


Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!  Bees on a Teasel flower head


Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!                                            Teasel seed heads on a wool comb


I couldn't resist the header picture it is a reindeer with a red rudolph nose made out of two teasel seed heads....do you see the resemblance? this has been a brief introduction to teasel from your resident horticulturist and no I have not been teasel...ing you! thanks for reading if you would like to comment you are more than welcome.



Andrew Porter {Horticulturist) All Rights Reserved 2016

Picture Credits: Pinterest and Pixabay

Credits: RHS



Andrew Porter 18/10/2016 · #10

Thank you @Alexa Steele, @Pamela L. Williams, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @debasish majumder for all your appreciative comments I am pleased you all enjoyed this post about teasel.
Nearly caught you out with this Donna!
Pamela I'm not sure about that title, although it does come across quite well!

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debasish majumder 18/10/2016 · #9

lovely post Andrew Porter. enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the wonderful post.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley 18/10/2016 · #8

@Andrew Porter hey this is some great information on a prickly looking plant. Did not realize it was real initially! Wow, thanks!

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Pamela L. Williams 18/10/2016 · #7

#3 What a wonderful bit of poetry to compliment the post. Your skills amaze me.

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Pamela L. Williams 18/10/2016 · #6

You are just a fountain or horticulture knowledge Andrew! You need to be dubbed the pollination aficionado of beBee! Very interesting post! I'm glad it was requested.

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Alexa Steele 18/10/2016 · #5

This is why I love beBee. This post is affinity marketing in action :) cc: @Javier beBee

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Andrew Porter 17/10/2016 · #4

Well thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman I thought you would appreciate the post, and i love your little ditto it goes quite well with the post!

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 17/10/2016 · #3

This is very interesting @Andrew Porter, and thank you for writing a post on Teasels. The flowering Teasel is quite pretty and looks more delicate than those without the dainty little blooms. And how fun you can make things with them.

Measles and weasels give me the queasles
but, they don't dare come my way
when I'm armed with my Teasels
It's going to be a good day!

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