Indian Teasel
Dipsacus sativus

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dipsacus (DIP-suh-kus) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)

Category:

Biennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Feb 23, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Is known to be invasive in some states.
Grows 1 - 6 feet tall on stout, spiny stems. The flower head is bright green when first forming, as seen in the image to the left. Note the upward curving spike-like bracts at the base of the inflorescence.

Spreads rapidly along disturbed areas: I watched one area along San Pedro Road in McNee Ranch State Park start with two or three plants about 5 years ago - this year there were over a hundred spread over two hundred yards.

Aside from use in decorative arrangements, the dried heads of D. sativus were used in textile mills to raise the nap on woolen cloth. The flowers of a close relative, D. sylvestris, are used to make a herbal remedy for indegestion and constipation.