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Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum Family: Dipsacaceae
Dipsacus fullonum     *     Teasel

Flowering time: July-August. Biennial

Habitat: Prefers clay soils on roadsides, rough grassland, waste ground and woodland edges. Found throughout England and most of Wales, less frequent in Scotland and Ireland

A leaf rosette of lanceolate prickly leaves is formed in the first year followed by tall, very prickly flowering stems bearing dense heads of small pinkish mauve flowers with spiny linear bracts. Leaves are narrow and prickly on the underside of the midribs. Height to 2m

Larvae of the micro moths Endothenia marginana and E. gentianaeana feed in the seed heads


Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum


Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum


Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum
Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum
Godlingston Hill, Dorset. October 2012

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