Dipsacus fullonum

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: In past was mistakenly called Dipsacus sylvestris Huds. in some references; binomial D. sylvestris Huds. has been used for wild teasel by majority of authors in N. America and the binomial D. fullonum L. reserved for the cultivated teasel- the opposite naming convention is used in Europe.

Common names: common teasel; wild teasel; card thistle

Dipsacus fullonum (common teasel) is a biennial forb/herb (family Dipsacaceae) sometimes used in flower arrangements, but was historically used as a hairbrush. It becomes a problem when it forms dense stands that are impenetrable to humans or livestock.

Rating: Moderate

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    Other Resources

    Symposium Presentations

    • Carrithers, V. F. (1997). Using Transline* herbicide to control invasive plants. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '97. Concord, CA.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • Kelly, M. (1997). Lessons from the front: Taking stock to avoid surprises. CalEPPC NEWS. 5: 4-7.