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Fuller's Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum

Also known as

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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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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a tall multi-stemmed teasel plant covered in green and brown seed heads growing at the edge of a field.

Fuller's Teasel Overview

Dipsacus fullonum is a biennial species commonly known as Common Teasel, Wild Teasel or Fuller's Teasel. Typically grows to a height of around 2m. Produces bright green leaves which are joined to the stems at the base, forming a cup-like depression that gathers water, similar to pitcher plants. Flowers are small and blue-purple in colour, they measure around 6cm in length and are arranged on bristly flowerheads. The flowers lead onto attractive cone-shaped seedheads which persist into winter. They provide food to bird species, the European goldfinch is particularly fond of them! This species can be problematic, it is considered a noxious weed in certain locations such as New Zealand, plant with care! It can displace other plants and form large monocultures in favourable climates. Scientific evidence has shown that this species is capable of gleaning nutrition from insects caught in the leaves, studies report a 30% increase in seed set and the seed mass to biomass ratio in plants fed dead flies, thus this is termed a carnivorous species. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Fuller's Teasel

How to harvest Fuller's Teasel

The flowerheads can be cut and dried for floral displays.

How to propagate Fuller's Teasel


Direct sow in autumn or spring.

Special features of Fuller's Teasel

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Bumblebees, butterflies, hoverflies, flies, beetles, moths

Attracts birds

Goldfinches are attracted to the spiny winter seedheads.

Other uses of Fuller's Teasel

Wildflower/meadow. This plant suits being included in planting schemes for exposed locations with south, east or west-facing) aspects.

Flowers to Sow Outside in October

Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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Hedgerow and Verges Mixed

Hardy annuals and perennials that can be seed sown for colour.

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