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Dipsacus fullonum

Teasel seedling.

Teasel seeds.

Teasel flower head.

  • 'Dipsacus' was derived from the Greek verb meaning "to be thirsty", which is likely in reference to the water-collecting cup formed by the stem leaves.

  • The weed's common name refers to the practice of using the flowers to tease wool. The common names 'card teasel' and 'card-thistle' are in reference to the wire brush or "card" used to tease wool.

  • Teasel is often added as a dried plant to ornamental arrangements.