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Common Teasel

Common Teasel

Scientific name: Dipsacus fullonum L. (ITIS)

Synonym: Dipsacus sylvestris Huds. (ITIS)

Common names: Common teasel, wild teasel, Fuller's teasel, venuscup teasel

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Selected Resources

Native To: Europe (Gucker 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First cultivated in the U.S. during the 1800s (Gucker 2009)

Means of Introduction: Was cultivated for use in textile processing, or may have been introduced accidentally with other varieties of teasel (Gucker 2009; Bentivegna and Smeda 2008)

Impact: Crowds out native species (Gucker 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:

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Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 15 - Common and Cut-leaved Teasels (PDF | 395 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
Included as one of the worst invasive plant species in Ohio's natural areas; for others see Invasive Plants of Ohio.


Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Common Teasel
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Species Compendium - Dipsacus fullonum
CAB International.


Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) - Dipsacus fullonum
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Dipsacus fullonum, D. laciniatus
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Fuller's Teasel
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.


Noxious Weed Species - Common Teasel
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division. Noxious Weed Program.

Cut-leaved teasel / Common teasel - Vegetation Management Manual
Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

Common and Cut-Leaved Teasel (May 2011; PDF | 622 KB)
Missouri Department of Conservation.

Common Teasel
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Common Teasel
King County (Washington). Noxious Weed Control Program.

Common Teasel
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States: Common, Cutleaf, and Fuller's Teasel (2013; PDF | 264 KB)
University of California. Weed Research and Information Center.

Ohio Perennial & Biennial Weed Guide - Common Teasel
Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.


Noxious Weed Information - Teasel (B List)
Colorado Weed Management Association.

Species Fact Sheet: Common Teasel (2010; PDF | 389 KB)
Learning Center of the American Southwest.

BioBullies - Common Teasel (PDF | 1.6 MB)
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).


Bentivegna, D.J. and R.J. Smeda. 2008. Chemical management of cut-leaved teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus) in Missouri. Weed Technology 22(3):502-506.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Dipsacus fullonum. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Gucker, C.L. 2009. Dipsacus fullonum, D. laciniatus. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: May 21, 2016
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