Invasive Plant

Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum

About This Species

Teasel is a biennial plant that prefers sunny locations and can grow in a range of wet to dry soils. Spreading through seed dispersal, it typically invades meadows, pastures, roadsides, and disturbed areas. Originally introduced to North America in the 1700’s for wool production, it has spread to natural spaces where it is inedible to wildlife.

How to Identify

Stems grow from 0.5 to over 2 m tall, with few prickly branches. It has a spiny cone-shaped seed head with small pink or light purple flowers and long, thin, arrow shaped leaves.

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