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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Dipsacus sativus.

Material uses

The dried flower heads are used for carding wool and as a clothes brush for raising the nap on woollen cloth[1][2][3][4]. They are harvested with about 20cm of stem as soon as the flowers wither and are dried for later use[5]. A blue dye is obtained from the dried plant, an indigo substitute[3]. It is water soluble[3]. The colour is yellow when mixed with alum[6].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic[1]. An infusion is said to strengthen the stomach, create an appetite, remove obstructions of the liver and treat jaundice[5]. The root is harvested in early autumn and dried for later use[1].

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[5][7].

A homeopathic remedy is made from the flowering plant[1]. It is used in the treatment of skin diseases[1].


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Ecological Functions

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Seed - best sown in early spring in situ[8]. The seed can also be sown from February to May or from August to October. All but the earlier sowings can be made outdoors.

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Succeeds in most soils[9] but prefers clay[10]. Prefers a deep rich soil[4]. Requires a sunny position[4].

A good butterfly plant[11].

Fuller's teasel is occasionally cultivated for its seed head, which is used for carding cloth[9][12][2]. The flowering heads are also much prized by flower arrangers because they keep their colour almost indefinitely when dried[1].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Dipsacus sativus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
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Material uses
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Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
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Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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    1. ? Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald ISBN 0-356-10541-5 (1984-00-00)
    2. ? Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    3. ? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
    4. ? Buchanan. R. A Weavers Garden. ()
    5. ? Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Niebuhr. A. D. Herbs of Greece. Herb Society of America. (1970-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    8. ? Johnson. C. P. The Useful Plants of Great Britain. ()
    9. ? 9.09.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    10. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)
    11. ? Baines. C. Making a Wildlife Garden. ()
    12. ? Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
    13. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)

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    Has common nameFuller's Teasel +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has fertility typeSelf fertile +, Bees + and Self +
    Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
    Has hardiness zone5 +
    Has lifecycle typeBiennial + and Perennial +
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    Has material useBrush + and Dye +
    Has mature height1.8 +
    Has medicinal partUnknown part +
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    Has search namedipsacus sativus + and fuller's teasel +
    Has shade toleranceNo shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy +, Clay + and Heavy clay +
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