Name this Monster!

kek19July 10, 2007

Ok, this guy stands at least 5" tall. The "flowers" are very hard spikes. It has thorns all over it, and the leaves are evil looking. Name that Monster!

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philmont_709n2(z6 Ohio)


    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 3:39PM
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nyssaman(Z6 ON)

Teasel was brought over by the settlers from Europe to use in the wool looming trade - I cannot think of the proper term for it - to tease the wool I guess

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 6:40PM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

"Fulling" is the process. There are two very similar teasels that have become naturized, fuller's teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) with light purple flowers and cutleaf teasel (D. laciniatus) with white flowers. Here's a link to one page on a Kansas site for fuller's teasel, which has a further link to the cutleaf variety and good pictures and descriptions for comparing the two.

Here is a link that might be useful: Common/Fuller's Teasel

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 8:46AM
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i have something similar in my yard - but the leaves look more like small watermelon leaves and it has a purplish flower before it gets the green pods - any ideas?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 2:59PM
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