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Dipsacus fullonum

common teasel

  • Other common names common teasel
    Adam's flannel

    barber's brushes
    carde thistle
    church brooms
    clothes brush
    gypsy's comb
    hutton weed
    Indian thistle
    prickly back
    shepherd's rod
    shepherd's staff
    Venus' basin
    Venus' bath
    Venus' cup
    water thistle
    wild teasel
    wood broom

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  • Synonyms Dipsacus fullonum subsp. fullonum
    Dipsacus sylvestris

  • Family Caprifoliaceae

  • Genus Dipsacus are erect biennials or perennials with simple or pinnate leaves and crowded heads of numerous small flowers in dense terminal capitula, the calyx teeth bristly

  • Details D. fullonum is a biennial, to 3m, erect with side branches. Foliage is bright green, prickly on lower mid-ribs, the stem leaves joined at the base to cup the stem. Flowerheads, to 6cm long, are stiffly bristly from the projecting calyx spines. The flowers are tiny and blue, appearing in a band round the flowerhead over an extended flowering time. Plant remains intact throughout winter, and seedheads attract goldfinches

  • Plant range Europe, N Africa, SW Asia


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or East-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any moderately fertile soil, including heavy clay, in sun or partial shade. The flowerheads can be harvested for air-drying from mid to late summer, or left for birds over winter

Propagation Propagate by seed in situ in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Cut Flowers Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning necessary

Pests Prone to aphids

Diseases Generally disease free

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