Dipsacus fullonum

Names

Names

Scientific: Dipsacus fullonum

English: Teasel

Portuguese: Cardo-penteador

Origins

Origins

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Origin: Europe

Life Cycle: Biennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameDipsacus fullonum
English NameTeasel, wild teasel, fuller's teasel.
Portuguese NameCardo-penteador, cardo penteador bravo, caro seco, cardo-cardador, dipsaco, vara de pastor, verga de pastor.
German NameWilde Karde.
FamilyCaprifoliaceae
OriginEurope, North Africa and West Asia.
HabitatForests, pastures and meadows.
Life CycleBiennial
Preferences CultivationPrefers moist soils however, soil pH is not limiting, can grow in clay soils but can not thrive in the shade.
Method of propagationSowing - the seeds ripen from August to October. Sowing is done in Inico spring but can also be sown from February to May and August to October.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering July to August. H: 1.5 m, ᴓ 0,5 m
Description of smells and flavorsUnknown
Properties MedicinalTraditionally, it was used to treat warts, cancerous wounds and fistulas. The root is diaphoretic, diuretic properties and tones the stomach. It is believed that the infusion strengthens the stomach, stimulates appetite and removes obstructions of the liver. One can use water infusion of the leaves for the treatment of acne.
Properties EdibilityUnknown
Properties OtherThe dried plant produces a blue dye indigo substitute and is soluble in water. When the plant is mixed with alum gives a yellow coloration.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: whole plant or dried flower to card wool
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesFor centuries, mankind has used the spines of teasel to card wool, giving the name that remains to this day, but their functions have been replaced by mechanical means. Currently, teasel is used as a medicinal plant.

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