Towering over the prairie…

Teasel-Dipsacus sylvestris- is a tall(2-8 ft),prickly,stiff European biennial.It’s spiny heads were used in carding wool-also known as Fuller’s Teasel.The dried heads last into the winter and are used in floral arrangements.Stay tuned here as I started last year posting about “pods”.Teasel is partial to rich moist soil and is found in pastures,meadows,and waste places and has wide distribution in the U.S.One fun note:the rain and dew that collects in the little cups was once considered a cure for worts-who knew!


pics by tim d./research from “Weeds”-Alexander Martin


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