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Dipsacus fullonum 'Wild Teasel'
Dipsacaceae: Thistle like biennial to 2m, angled stems, with sharp prickles, flowers are pinkish purple, in egg-shaped spiky heads, 6-8cm long, blooming on tall stems from July-August. The papery dry seeds are a popular titbit with Goldfinches. The leaves at the base of long-stalked and forming a rosette. Found on damp and disturbed grassland on heavy soil, widespread and common in the south, but scarce or even absent from the rest of the UK.
The hooked bracts of the fullers’ teasel are used in the woollen industry to raise the nap on newly woven cloth. I think it is still cultivated for this purpose in Somerset.
Teasel is little used in modern herbalism, and its therapeutic effects are disputed, traditionally it has been used to treat conditions such as warts, fistulae (abnormal passages opening through the skin) and cancerous sores. The root is diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic, an infusion is said to strengthen the stomach, create an appetite, remove obstructions of the liver and treat jaundice, and the root is harvested in early autumn and dried for later use. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash to treat acne. The plant has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer, an ointment made from the roots is used to treat warts, wens and whitlows. It is used in homeopathic as a remedy for skin diseases.
Not universally liked by gardeners, because they seed so freely they can spread, even into lawns. They are best planted in a corner where they can be contained. Cut back and remove plants which may cause trouble before the seed matures. Being biennial the plants only live a few years and will fade away if they are denied a chance to seed. Seeds are best sown in early spring in situ, the seed can also be sown from February to May or from August to October, easy.